Poets in the Library

Hear from some of Scotland's foremost radical writers including Sheila Templeton, Linda Jackson, Tracy Patrick and Brian Whittingham at Paisley Book Festival's Poets in the Library event!

Poets in the Library

About Poets in the Library

Hear from some of Scotland's foremost radical writers including Sheila Templeton, Linda Jackson, Tracy Patrick, Ross Wilson, Graham Fulton and Brian Whittingham. These voices tell much-needed stories of rebellion from the Paisley mills, Kelty mines, Clydeside shipyards and Aberdeen fish-markets.

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