Paisley Museum

A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

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Superheroes, Villains, Comics, Collectables

Bazinga Comics located at Unit 50 of the in shops in the Paisley Shopping Centre, will bring a new lease of life to an empty shop unit. All the latest comic books, branded t-shirts and collectables such as trading cards and replica models will be on offer at the new shop.

Bazinga---Grand-OpeningGuest appearances from superheroes as well as competitions and a raffle to get involved in. With a wide range of comics with a variety of age and theme, there will be something for all ages at Bazinga Comics. The shop will be open from 9am and owner Muz Fraser expects a busy day as the town centre will be busy with the councils Firework Spooktacular.

Muz said “The nearest proper comic store is in Glasgow ,so why have the people of Paisley travel when they can spend money and time in their own town and reinvigorate it” He is a massive comic book fan and got into comics back in 1997. He has put a lot of work into the shop and is extremely thankful for all the support his family and friends have given him .

Lorna manager of neighbouring Helen’s Haberdashery said “Paisley now seems to moving in the right direction with new bars and restaurants opening in Shuttle Street, and new shops opening up in shops that have been empty for far too long, and now we have a brilliant Graphic novel store opening – exciting times”

Contact: Ian William James Findlay

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the spree

Paisley Spree is a triumph
Six months of planning, 24 events and nearly 3,000 people made last weekend’s new national festival, The Spree, a triumph.

The music, arts and comedy festival launches Paisley’s Year of the Mod and showed just how well the town is suited to holding major cultural events. Next October, the Spree will wrap round the Mod; making Paisley the focal point for Scottish music, drama and comedy.

the spreePeople from Tokyo, Texas, Ireland and throughout the UK visited Paisley to see artists such as Roddy Frame, Damien Dempsey and Karen Matheson, Fidil and Chemikal Underground. They also enjoyed some rip-roaring comedy: Craig Hill’s outrageous Jock’s Trap!, lunchtime improvisation, kids’ comedy and Saturday night’s Best of Scottish Comedy in association with the Stand comedy club.

A Spiegeltent was shipped in from Holland and local people watched on in amazement as this spectacular venue was erected in Paisley’s County Square within 24 hours.

There were four partners involved in funding and delivering the project; Creative Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, EventScotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:

“The Spree was a great success. We were proud to welcome so many visitors to Paisley and, of course, Renfrewshire’s people got the chance of a great night out on their door step.

“The Spree shows us all how a real town setting like Paisley does can add to a festival’s character. The Abbey and the Spiegeltent were fantastic venues, the town’s people welcomed our visitors in the best Paisley spirit and the atmosphere around the town lively and friendly.”

The Spree organisers worked closely with local organisations such as: Reid Kerr College, who assisted with the photography and radio interviews; the University of West of Scotland, who are working on the festival evaluation; Loud ‘n’ Proud, a local youth charity who help develop young musicians in Scotland; and PACE Youth Theatre.

The festival ended yesterday with a full day of Celtic Connections that included a flavour of the Danny Kyle Stage. Previous finalists such as Breabach and Craig Jeffrey entertained a full Spiegeltent audience who were then treated to a Scottish exclusive performance by Francois and the Atlas Mountains.

Amanda Moulson, Renfrewshire Council’s Town Centres and Events Manager added:

“The Spree has had a great impact on Paisley and has placed us firmly on Scottish events map; proving that great things can happen in towns as well as cities. We’re happy to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended a Spree event and who supported the festival in its first year.

“Paisley can prepare for an even a bigger Spree next year as we welcome the National Royal Mòd.”


Renfrewshire Councils annual fireworks display takes place on Saturday, 3 November 2012 in Paisley town centre.

Elim Christian Fellowship located on Gordon Street in Paisley will be running a “fireworks cafe” also on 3 Nov to coincide with the Councils display.

elimThe café opens at 6.00pm and closes at 7.30pm. For a small donation you can enjoy a hot cup of tea, coffee, home made soup, juice, home baking and biscuits.

All are welcome and all proceeds will be donated to St Vincent’s Hospice in Paisley.
Directions to Elim can be found here


Voices in Paisley Lunchtime Recitals

The following poster gives the details of the lunchtime recitals beginning Monday the 29th October


Lunchtime Poster A4 PDF


Holy Trinity St. Barnabas Church will play host to a renowned London choir. On the 3rd November, The Addison Singers from Kensington, under the direction of David Wordsworth, will perform a variety of traditional and modern pieces.

It has been said that ‘the music the Addison Singers perform, other choirs perform twelve months later’ due to their programme of innovative contemporary pieces. They have been winners eight times of the prestigious PRS Music prize for new music, having had several celebrated composers write pieces for them. One such composer, Bob Chilcott, is president of the choir and they were fortunate to perform under his baton in a memorable concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Sharing the platform for the evening will be Aria, a local female vocal ensemble, directed by Paisley Voices Chairman, Jim Drennan. Having been guests of the Addison Singers in London two years ago, Aria are extremely excited to be working with such a fantastic group of singers once again.

Aria’s fresh varied programme has won them many accolades and prizes including the Orpheus Trophy at the Glasgow Music Festival and as Regional winners in the BBC Choir of the Year competition.

The joint concert promises to be an evening of choral excellence. The concert begins at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas St James’ Place, St James’ Street, Paisley and tickets priced £8 and £6 concession will be available on the door or from Print and Copy it, High Street Paisley or from Sandie McGregor 07730555009. Further information available at

Aria Addison Poster A4 PDF


Following on from the success of the SPREE festival, Voices in Paisley, offers a short programme of exciting concerts and recitals for 2012.

The Paisley Voices festival welcomes Mezzo soprano, Taylor Wilson, for a concert of songs from all over the world entitled ‘Alchemy’.

The multi-lingual vocalist has recently returned from a tour in Hong Kong and a University series around Scotland. She is famed for her rich tone and dramatic story-telling and has been highly praised for her thrilling live performances.

Taylor will be accompanied by Karen McVicar on piano and accordion (PRS British composer award 2010) and by Rudi de Groote on cello (principal cellist Orchestra of Scottish Opera).

The concert will take place on 2nd November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, St. James’ Street, Paisley. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and are available from Print and Copy it, High Street, Paisley or by telephoning 0141-887-4202. Further information available at

Taylor Wilson Poster PDF

Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow Airport

A Glasgow woman has won a ‘dream’ flight on a state-of-the-art new aircraft which will make its maiden voyage from the city’s airport next year.


Thomson Airways has revealed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be named ‘Living the Dream’ after inviting suggestions on Twitter.


Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow AirportNicola Thomson’s idea was chosen from more than 2,000 entries and she recently visited Glasgow Airport to unveil the name on a model of the futuristic aircraft, in advance of the real thing arriving in May 2013. The judging panel was moved by the story behind Nicola’s entry, which she dedicated to Great Britain’s sporting achievements this year and her own personal triumph recovering from neuro surgery.


As well as naming the Dreamliner, Nicola will experience it for herself when Thomson becomes the first UK airline to take delivery of the aircraft next year. Glasgow Airport will also be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner, with Thomson operating weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Sanford, Florida.


Nicola said: “I’m thrilled to name such an amazing plane. I wanted to propose a name that summarises the unique experience for passengers on board Thomson’s Dreamliner and was inspired by what an amazing year 2012 has been – from the inspiring Olympic and Paralympics achievements and for me on a personal level after surviving neuro surgery. After a full recovery I feel fantastic and can’t wait to celebrate naming the Dreamliner with a trip on board. I really do feel like I’m ‘Living the Dream’!”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Nicola’s story clearly made an impression and we are delighted for her. To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a huge honour for us, and it is all the more special that the first one to operate on these shores has been named in Glasgow. The Dreamliner is at the cutting edge of aircraft design and it will provide Scottish passengers with a unique flying experience.”

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to #nameourplane when judging the entries. However, we were moved by Nicola’s inspiring story which meant that ‘Living the Dream’ really stood out. We’re delighted to be the first UK airline to fly the 787 Dreamliner and its arrival marks an exciting time for Thomson Airways and our customers. It was only fitting to name one of these revolutionary aircraft in an equally innovative way.


“Nicola not only gets to name of our state-of-the-art aircraft, but will also fly on-board and enjoy a host of ground-breaking features designed to make her in-flight experience more enjoyable. We feel that this is the perfect way to give something back to our customers and make one of them a part of our history as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

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Paisley Photographs of the Idolize SpiegelTent – the perfect cabaret and music salon

European SpiegelTents are hand-hewn mirrored pavilions that have been used as traveling dance halls, bars and entertainment salons since the early 20th century. Built of wood, mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed in velvet and brocade, every SpiegelTent brings its own personality to an event or performance.

Very few of these legendary ‘tents of mirrors’ still survive but one’s coming to Paisley. Our SpiegelTent, Idolize, is a baroque beauty who will grace County Square during The Spree and add her own charms to our music and comedy.

All Photographs by Ian McDonald for Paisley Photographs

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spree launch

The Spree Festival Paisley Launch

A new Scottish national music and arts festival will kick off in Paisley on 25th October, running until 28th October and includes a line up of artists such as Roddy Frame, Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Damien Dempsey and comedian Craig Hill as well as a full day of Celtic Connections on the Sunday. This photocall and interview opportunity will be held the day before for print or broadcast on Thursday, 25 October.

In the pictures below: In the specially imported and very colourful spiegeltent, called Idolize, kids from PACE Youth Theatre joined Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, and Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of the council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, to mark the occasion.

The kids from PACE were wearing Spree orange t-shirts and the councillors even got their hands on the over-sized cut out guitar, fiddle and microphone. The kids will also danced with voile ribbons in Spree colours to add a touch more colour to an already colourful picture.

Location of the Spiegeltent, County Square, Paisley, PA1

All Paisley Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for Paisley on the web.

paisley photographs

Here are some Paisley Photographs taken from the roof of the old Glen Cinema by Tom Adleigh before he moved back to Australia, thanks for these Tom. If anyone would like to see their photos published send them into hope you enjoy the photos below.

taylor wilson

Taylor Wilson


Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202