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The central theme of the festival is Radical Voices & Rebel Stories, and over the course of ten days we will hear from a diversity of creative voices, both local and from further afield, about what it means to be a rebel in today’s society.
Paisley is the perfect place to hold a book festival with a radical theme at its core as the idea of radicalism has been strong in the area, from the time when William Wallace was educated in the town, right through to the radical wars of the 19th century and the case of May Donoghue, which led to the duty of care being established in law. Paisley has always been a radical place, full of everyday people who are unafraid to push new ideas forward, like the weavers who revolted because they were also readers and thinkers.
The present day is no less ridden with antiquated values and attitudes that need to be challenged and reimagined by new readers, thinkers and writers. Many of those involved in the uprisings of the past might even look at today’s society and ask what we have been doing for the last two centuries. Paisley Book Festival seeks to use the voices of the past as inspiration to pick a way forward, a space to discover new ideas and explore them through the powerful tool of words.
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