Book Festival announces programme for ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced details of the programme for their new Festival ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld, which takes place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2017. Writers, artists, musicians and poets including Liz Lochhead, Denise Mina, Jenny Colgan and Graeme Macrae Burnet will join audiences in celebrating science fiction, crime writing, poetry, football and the stories of Cumbernauld’s residents.

ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld is part of the Book Festival’s Booked! programme of events which is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, and is part of a new five-stop tour of the Scottish New Towns, marking 70 years since the passing of the Scottish New Towns Act.
The programme for ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld has been developed by the Book Festival in light of the results of a survey conducted with Cumbernauld residents. Over 400 responders expressed an interest in the stories and architecture of Cumbernauld, crime writing and events for all ages. Audiences at the Festival can therefore meet renowned Scottish crime writers Denise Mina and Graeme Macrae Burnet; take a guided walk of the town in the company of local architectural historian Diane Watters and Miles Glendinning bookended by visits to two impressive modernist churches – Sacred Heart and St Mungo’s; enjoy tea and cake with a showcase of Cumbernauld stories old and new developed from Daniel Gray’s residency with group members at CACE Older People Active Lives and Mike Nicholson’s residency with four of Cumbernauld’s primary schools and join in a debate about the future of Cumbernauld and what lessons can be learned from this New Town.  
Former Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead, who was once an art teacher in Cumbernauld, takes her audience on a journey through her poetry and inspirations and in a separate reading workshop explores the work of her friend and Scotland’s first Makar Edwin Morgan. Jenny Colgan, writer of Dr Who stories and other science fiction work, offers a lively reading workshop exploring the classic, award-winning sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.
Theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane will present sessions of her new performance piece, Plan, an interactive experience in which everyone designs and builds a settlement for displaced people – effectively recreating Cumbernauld for the 21st century.  A fun activity where adults and children can experience the rewards and pitfalls of town planning. 
Children and families can also enjoy the Big Book Bonanza with a host of their favourite authors including Lari Don, David MacPhail, Barry Hutchison, Mark A Smith and Jenny Colgan; an alternative Cumbernauld with storytellers Macastory and even a learn to play the ukulele in a free workshop.
Janet Smyth, Programme Director for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said “We’re thrilled to announce a unique line-up for ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld, developed specifically with the thoughts and wishes of the town’s residents in mind. Local voices entwine with nationally significant writers and performers to mark 70 years since the Scottish New Towns project began to reshape the post-war country. ReimagiNation is all about looking at the places we think we know in new ways, and we hope the people of Cumbernauld and book lovers everywhere will feel inspired by the stories that are shared at the festival.”  
Jillian Ferrie, Chief Executive at Culture NL, said “We are delighted to be the first New Town to host the ReimagiNation festival; and are excited to be welcoming a host of great events to the town in May.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are so delighted that the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is once again helping the Edinburgh International Book Festival reach communities across Scotland, allowing them access to what the Book Festival offers outwith its home in Charlotte Square Gardens. Residents from Cumbernauld are certainly in for a treat!”
To find details of the full programme for ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld please visit Tickets for all events go on sale at 10.00am on Thursday 6 April, and are available to book online, by phoning 01698 274 545 or in person at Cumbernauld Library and Motherwell Concert Hall (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4.45pm). Most tickets cost £5 (£3.50 concessions) and there are a number of free events. 
ReimagiNation rolls onto East Kilbride and Irvine in August, where authors from the Edinburgh International Book Festival will travel from the capital to meet new readers. In 2018 the tour continues to Glenrothes and Livingston. ReimagiNation is part of Booked!, the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road around Scotland throughout the year, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and in Cumbernauld is produced in partnership with Culture NL. 
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