Engage Daily Update - 26 November
Future Paisley Partnership Board : 3rd Annual Paisley Book Festival
Yesterday marked the launch of the programme for the third annual Paisley Book Festival. Consisting of more than 50 unique events, running between 17-26 February 2022, it’s a programme filled with workshops, author events, children’s events, and book launches. It provides fantastic opportunities for both established and emerging writers to showcase their work on the international stage.
2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories and this exciting programme of live and online events showcases literature inspired by or written in Scotland. The theme this year ‘Stories Mak Us’ encourages discussions on a range of topics, from storytelling and Scots/Gaelic events, to thinking about how fiction helped us through the pandemic. More broadly it looks at how narratives shape us in all sorts of ways - personal and political.
Programme highlights include master of Scottish storytelling James Robertson bringing his latest novel News of the Dead, a ghost story set in the Scottish glens. Glasgow-based novelist Louise Welsh brings the long-awaited sequel to The Cutting Room after 20 years The Second Cut.
Denise Mina retells one of the most famous stories from Scottish history in her new book Rizzio, the tale of Private Secretary David Rizzio, who was murdered in Mary Queen of Scots’ private chambers. Scottish Makar Kathleen Jamie reads from her latest work and shares what the first six months in the job have been like in What Maks A Makar.
It is a festival with creativity and innovation at the heart of its programming, seeking to showcase some of the best and most diverse voices with books being published today in Scotland and in the wider UK context.
The Festival is supported by Future Paisley, the wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using Paisley’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future. It is delivered by Renfrewshire Leisure and funded by Renfrewshire Council.
Check out https://paisleybookfest.com/ to browse the full programme and book early to avoid disappointment!
Support for Individuals
Scam Share Update - 25 November
Latest news & updates from the Scottish Community Safety Sector
MSP encourages Renfrewshire residents experiencing a mental health crisis to contact RAMH’s first crisis helpline – Renfrewshire News 24
Natalie Don MSP has praised the efforts of Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) staff and volunteers in providing much-needed support for Renfrewshire residents experiencing mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a meeting with RAMH’s Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan, and recently appointed Operations Manager, Claire Gallagher, the MSP for Renfrewshire North and West was informed that the charity, which usually supports around 7,5000 people across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire in their recovery from mental ill health each year. The organisation saw an increase of 10 per cent in the number of individuals contacting them during the last 18 months. Stephen McLellan, Manager of RAMH, said: “We were pleased to speak with Natalie Don MSP to highlight the valuable one-to-one support we are providing to people throughout Renfrewshire during the pandemic – including to many individuals who were previously not known to Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Adult Community Mental Health Team.
Support for Organisations
YPG Youth Panel
Young people sought to form Young Panel for Young Person’s Guarantee.
The aim of our Youth Panel is for the young people of Renfrewshire to shape and influence the Young Persons Guarantee and ensure its success.
Thoughts and views from this group will then be shared with the wider YPG coordination group.
Open to any within the age range of the YPG 16 – 24. For more information or to register interest contact Meghan Wandrum, Kickstart Youth Engagement with Invest in Renfrewshire,