ReimagiNation: Irvine

A Festival uncovering the human stories behind the buildings in one of Scotland’s New Towns.
Sun 27 – Tue 29 August | Portal, 21 High Street
Tickets on sale now
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Greg Sinclair: A Piece of You

Sun 27 Aug 10:30am - 5:30pm
Portal
Free event but ticket required. 30 min slots bookable, 1 ticket admits up to 3 people
All ages, under 14s accompanied by an adult

Tickets available by phone or in person at the Harbour Arts Centre: call 01294 274059. Imagine telling a story about yourself and then having it turned into a song. A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and …

Your New Town Tales

Sun 27 Aug 10:30am - 5:30pm
Portal
Free event | Drop-in
All ages

Writer, TV presenter and social historian Daniel Gray joins us for this latest stage of the ReimagiNation tour, gathering your stories of New Town life. Drop in and pin your tale on our big Irvine map, drawing inspiration from images and items from the local archive. Whether you have two minutes to spare for a one-liner, or longer to sit …

Dylan the Dog with Guy Parker-Rees

Sun 27 Aug 11:00am (45 minutes)
Portal
Free event but ticket required | Online sales include 95p booking fee
Ages 2-4 with an adult

Join Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance, as he reads from Dylan, a picture book series about a fun-loving stripy dog who loves to play, and shows you how the stories grew from one simple character sketch. Whether he’s dressing up as a doctor, playing a silly shopkeeper or teaching all his friends his Cheery-Warm-Up Song and …

John Grindrod: Unbuckling Green Belts

Sun 27 Aug 11:30am (60 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee

Green Belts serve many purposes but it’s unlikely that many of us could point to exactly where they lie. John Grindrod has a personal connection to the issues revolving around these mystery zones, and his book Outskirts offers a refreshingly personal social history of these most divisive areas of the UK. Today he explores the development of Green Belts, uncovering …

Knightly Tales with Vivian French & David Melling

Sun 27 Aug 12:30pm (60 minutes)
Portal
£2.50 | Ticket admits one child and one adult | Online sales include 95p booking fee
Ages 5+

Bestselling duo Vivian French and David Melling introduce their latest knightly tale Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Sam J Butterbiggins dreams of becoming a noble knight with epic quests and fearsome foes – but at his aunt and uncle’s castle, all that is forbidden. Can Sam and cousin Prune overcome the odds, the rules, and their enemies? Hear author …

Chris Renwick: The State of Welfare

Sun 27 Aug 1:30pm (60 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee

As has been the way for decades, the welfare state is under attack as people continue to question exactly who and what it’s built for. In this event, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at York University Chris Renwick takes us from the British system’s beginnings as practised in Victorian workhouses up to the present day when some commentators accuse people …

Plan: Build Your New Town

Sun 27 Aug 2:00pm (90 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee
Ages 8+ | Suitable for adults

Ever thought you could make your town better, or even create an entirely new one? Join theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane for Plan. Part game, part performance, audiences build an imaginary New Town for 40,000 people in a fun, thought-provoking show suitable for adults and kids.

Debate: Irvine – A New Old Town?

Sun 27 Aug 3:30pm (90 minutes)
Portal
Free event but ticket required | Online sales include 95p booking fee

Please note, this event was originally advertised as taking place at 5pm, but has been rescheduled to start at 3.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Any tickets booked will remain valid. In some respects, Irvine’s history throws the whole notion of the New Town development project into sharp relief. A medieval royal burgh and an early capital of Scotland, …

Mary Contini: Food and Family

Sun 27 Aug 6:00pm (60 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee

Please note, this event was originally advertised as taking place at 3.30pm, but has been rescheduled to start at 6pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact the Harbour Arts Centre on 01294 274059 with enquiries about purchased tickets. Mary Contini, Director of Valvona and Crolla, the family-run chain of Edinburgh delicatessens, restaurants and cookery school, shares Dear Alfonso, …

Irvine Unbound

Sun 27 Aug 7:30pm (120 minutes)
Portal
Free event | Drop-in

Books might not make you think loud and lively, but Unbound is just that — a thrilling cabaret-style event with live music, hilarious and haunting readings from authors often showing new sides to their work, and a bar. And it’s completely free to attend. Taking place nightly at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, we’re excited to bring the same wild, …

Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam with Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Mon 28 Aug 10:30am (45 minutes)
Portal
Free event but ticket required
Ages 2-4 with an adult

FULLY BOOKED Join author Tracey Corderoy and illustrator Steven Lenton for stories, pictures and games with sweet-as-pie reformed robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. There’s live drawing, storytelling using puppets and props, and lots of opportunities to join in. Tracey Corderoy, the author of Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, is a trained teacher, but with a head happily crammed with …

Michael J Malone & Lisa McInerney: Bloody Underbellies

Mon 28 Aug 6:00pm (60 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Ireland’s Lisa McInerney. Malone’s Dog Fight has been called Glasgow’s Fight Club, dragging us into a seedy underworld where criminal gangs prey on the vulnerable. McInerney’s The Blood Miracles follows her Baileys Women’s Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies, and sees 20 year old Ryan Cusack’s personal …

Andrew O’Neill: A History of Headbanging

Mon 28 Aug 7:30pm (60 minutes)
Portal
£5 / £3.50 concessions | Online sales include 95p booking fee

Stand-up comedian Andrew O’Neill has starred on TV shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and makes regular radio and festival appearances too. Merging his comedic skills with his love of music, he’s penned A History of Heavy Metal, in which he analyses his beloved music scene’s larger-than-life figures, from the late Lemmy to the somehow still-alive Ozzy, through Satanists, murderers …

Hunting for Treasure with Alice Melvin

Tue 29 Aug 10:30am (45 minutes)
Portal
Free event but ticket required
Ages 2-4 with an adult

Grab your magnifying glass to help Alice Melvin locate the missing items in her fun-filled book Treasure Hunt. Combine her beautifully detailed drawings with craft fun to make brilliant bird tails, glittery butterflies and much more. This is the perfect event for inquisitive toddlers who want to make, see and explore! Alice Melvin is a highly acclaimed artist and designer …