Waterstones Events announce this very special event to launch the book Growing and Dying, celebrating the work of award winning Scottish writer Janet Paisley.
The book is a combination of essays, poems and biography. The writers include Professor Alan Riach, Tom Leonard, James Robertson, Alan Bissett and Sheila Templeton to name a few.
The evening will include a selection of readings and live music with Tom Leonard, Alan Riach, and Anne Donovan and other readers include Pat Byrne, Ann McKinnon and students from the Creative Writing Course at the University of Strathclyde. Live music is provided by Linda Jaxson and Ronnie Garrity.
Janet Paisley was born in Ilford and raised in Avonbridge. She is a multi-award-winning poet, playwright, fiction, non-fiction, radio, television and screenwriter who also writes for children. Widely anthologised, her work includes six poetry collections, two of prize-winning fiction, eleven plays for theatre and radio, seven radio history drama series, television drama and the BAFTAS and RTS nominated short film Long Haul. Her play Refuge won the UK Peggy Ramsay award.
She writes in English and Scots, was a member of the Working Party for a Scottish National Theatre and the SAC Scots Language Synergy, and is on the Cross Party Parliamentary Group for the Scots Language. She has held three creative writing fellowships and received one of the first Creative Scotland awards.
She has appeared at poetry festivals in England, Ireland and the continent, and her work has been widely translated. Reading the Bones was published by Canongate in 1999. Her other poetry collections Alien Crop (1996) - shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year - and Ye Cannae Win (2000) have both been reprinted by Chapman.
Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. For tickets, please visit
Arts and the Nation: A critical re-examination of Scottish Literature, Painting, Music and Culture by Alan Riach with Alexander Moffat and John Purser