Book fes­ti­val tour cel­e­brates New Towns

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

A new fes­ti­val bring­ing to­gether writ­ers, artists and theatre mak­ers to mark East Kil­bride’s 70th birth­day has been or­gan­ised by the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Book Fes­ti­val.

Reimag­iNa­tion: East Kil­bride, pre­sented in part­ner­ship with South La­nark­shire Leisure & Cul­ture, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the Vil­lage Cen­tre is part of the Book Fes­ti­val’s Booked! pro­gramme of events. It cel­e­brates the 70th an­niver­sary of the first, and ar­guably the most suc­cess­ful, of Scot­land’s New Towns with a three-day fes­ti­val from Au­gust 19 to 21. Reimag­iNa­tion is part of the Book Fes­ti­val’s new five-stop tour of Scot­land’s New Towns, mark­ing 70 years since the pass­ing of the Scottish New Towns Act and forms part of a year-long cel­e­bra­tion of the town’s des­ig­na­tion as the first of those New Towns. It is also 70 years since Ed­in­burgh be­came a Fes­ti­val City.

The fes­ti­val of­fers some­thing for au­di­ences of all ages, from comic book work­shops to apoc­a­lyp­tic fic­tion from M R Carey, au­thor of the best-sell­ing The Girl With All the Gifts and Joe Hill, the multi-award win­ning au­thor and son of hor­ror leg­end Stephen King.

Ac­tor turned crime writer John Gor­don Sin­clair in­tro­duces his third thrilling story, Walk in Si­lence, and Brian Con­aghan and Sarah Crossan talk about their new novel, a con­tem­po­rary take on Romeo & Juliet. Theatre maker Ish­bel McFar­lane brings her in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in which every­one de­signs and builds a new com­mu­nity – ef­fec­tively recre­at­ing East Kil­bride for the 21st cen­tury.

And res­i­dents of the town can tell their own per­sonal sto­ries to social his­to­rian Daniel Gray or to mu­si­cian Greg Sin­clair who will cre­ate a per­sonal piece of mu­sic for each in­di­vid­ual inspired by their own lives.

East Kil­bride fea­tures strongly across the pro­gramme, with a guided tour of St Bride’s which is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year, and a dis­cus­sion on the fu­ture of St Peter’s Sem­i­nary with ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian Diane M Wat­ters and NVA’s An­gus Far­quhar. And res­i­dents of EK have their chance to put for­ward their ideas about the town in the De­bate on Sun­day, Au­gust 20 – East Kil­bride: Orig­i­nal and Best?

There will be sto­ry­telling and games and crafts for the kids in The Vil­lage Cen­tre. A packed pro­gramme of events and ac­tiv­i­ties for schools also runs over the fes­ti­val. Visit booked.ed­book­fest.co.uk

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