Keen blaws the wind o’er the Braes o’ Gleniffer.
The auld castle’s turrets are cover’d wi’ snaw;
How chang’d frae the time when I met wi’ my lover
Amang the broom bushes by Stanley green shaw:
The wild flow’rs o’ simmer were spread a’ sae bonnie,
The mavis sang sweet frae the green birken tree:
But far to the camp they hae march’d my dear Johnnie,
And now it is winter wi’ nature and me.
Then ilk thing around us was blithesome and cheery,
Then ilk thing around us was bonny and braw;
Now naething is heard but the wind whistling dreary,
And naething is seen but the wide-spreading snaw.
The trees are a’ bare, and the birds mute and dowie,
They shake the cauld drift frae their wings as they flee,
And chirp out their plaints, seeming wae for my Johnnie,–
‘Tis winter wi’ them, and ’tis Winter wi’ me.
Yon cauld sleety cloud skiffs alang the bleak mountain,
And shakes the dark firs on the stey rocky brae,
While down the deep glen bawls the snaw-flooded fountain,
That murmur’d sae sweet to my laddie and me.
‘Tis no its loud roar on the wintry wind swellin’,
‘Tis no the cauld blast brings the tears i’ my e’e,
For, O gin I saw hut my bonny Scotch callan,
The dark days o’ winter were simmer to me!
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Screenshot-2021-10-07-at-11.57.25.png184228Brian McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngBrian McGuire2021-10-07 12:04:562021-10-07 12:04:56National Poetry Day Robert Tannahill
THE work of creative writers is being displayed in a very unusual place – a five-and-a-half metre high billboard outside a railway station.
The unique outdoor visual arts project will be seen by people passing Paisley’s Gilmour Street Station and is part of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Out of Place programme that also features online gigs, film, audio performances and creative workshops.
The specially-commissioned work from Renfrewshire writers for the Talk of the Town project will be individually on display from February 22 to April 6.
The first piece to be featured on the billboard is a poem by Roddy Scott, called Sma’ Shot Reel, which talks about celebrating the end of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The second is a piece by David Rae, whose words draw on the romance of meeting and parting at the station. And the third in the series is from Kick The Door theatre production company’s, Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsay, whose poem is called Paisley Before, Now and Next: Radicals an’ Revolutionaries.
Renfrewshire Leisure’s Visual Arts Projects Producer, Kate Drummond came up with the billboard idea. She explains:
“I thought it would be interesting to use the billboard for something that’s not advertising, or selling to people, as that’s what you would normally see on that space.
“It’s a different way of communicating something in the written word, which is a nice positive message. People wouldn’t normally expect to see something like this on a billboard, so hopefully it will be very noticeable.”
Roddy Scott said: “The idea of my piece of writing on the billboard was to try to get people in the town feel uplifted and to raise their spirits.
“It’s an amazing idea to have creative writing on a billboard. When I heard my piece was chosen I was blown away.”
Fraser Scott said: “Our piece is a short poem that recounts the historic moments in Paisley’s past that made it what it is today. In its final words, the poem will ask, with all that behind us, what next?
“We really hope our writing will spark excitement about the town and what could be next with those who read it. Our hope is to capture a feeling of pride about Paisley and it is our hope that the people who read it will share in that pride.
David Rae said: “I’m very excited by this project as I love Paisley and the town is great inspiration for me.
“I’ve never had my words on a billboard before and I’m fascinated by the thought of my words being used in this way.
“I hope my piece will bring a smile to faces and a few memories to those that pass by. And a reminder that a bag of chips makes everything better!”
The Out of Place events are made possible with the support of Future Paisley – a radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/billboard-mock-up-2-scaled.jpg13922560Brian McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngBrian McGuire2021-02-16 12:57:202021-02-16 12:57:20Public will see creative writers’ work on giant billboard
Children and young people are having fun with numbers this week as Maths Week Scotland begins.
Schools, early years centres and libraries will be hosting innovative and engaging number-themed activities across the week to show that maths can be fun.
Kids at Hugh Smiley Early Learning and Childcare Centre were the first to take part in a numeracy-led activity.
They popped onto the Skoobmobile for a special Bookbug on stories and songs about numbers, such as ‘ten in a bed’ and ‘five little monkeys’.
Maths Week Scotland is a new national awareness initiative that aims to put numeracy in a positive light and highlight the benefits, joy and beauty of maths in exciting new ways.
Making maths interesting for children and tying it into everyday activities is a significant step forward in putting numeracy on the same level of important as literacy, ultimately improving numeracy levels across the board.
Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services, joined the kids on the Skoobmobile. He said: “Numeracy is important for everyone. Here in Renfrewshire, we want every child to have the best start in life and reach their full potential, regardless of their background.
“Adults often say “I’m rubbish at maths”. Parents don’t realise how much of an affect that can have on their child’s development.
“It’s time to have fun with maths in the same way we all enjoy reading. During Maths Week Scotland, schools and early learning centres will be getting creative with numbers.
“Renfrewshire is ambitious for its children and young people. We’ve seen the benefits of taking a new approach to literacy with the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach, in conjunction with Strathclyde University. Literacy and numeracy have equal importance in terms of how children learn and we are determined that all children’s numeracy levels are further enhanced through our programmes in schools and early years centres.”
Parents who want to get involved in Maths Week Scotland can visit Renfrewshire Libraries and pick up bedtime stories about counting or sign up their child to a coding club.
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cllr-Jim-Paterson-joins-in-the-number-themed-bookbug-on-board-the-Skoobmobile-6-Sept-2017-4.jpg10001500Brian McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngBrian McGuire2017-09-11 14:31:552021-05-14 06:47:24Number fun begins in Renfrewshire for Maths Week Scotland
A new magazine featuring poetry with a connection to Paisley releases its first edition this Friday.
The pamphlet-style magazine, Paisley Poems, showcases work from 13 local poets. The poems range from depictions of life in Paisley past and present, to musings on life’s big questions.
The featured poets are: Sarah Baird, Alec Beattie, Eleanor Capaldi, Ryan Goodwin, Kate Gordon, Trisha Heaney, Kathryn Metcalfe, Maxine Rose Munro, David Rae, Max Scratchmann, Morag McDowell Smith, RK Wallace, and Lindsey Shields Waters.
Copies cost just £1.50, and from this Friday they will be available to buy online at www.paisleypoems.scot, as well as in local shops Abbey Books and Rainbow Turtle. The magazine will also be on the shelves of the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.
Paisley Poems is a true Paisley affair, and is printed by Print Studio Scotland on Seedhill Road.
Founded by 23-year-old Hannah Wilson, Paisley Poems was started with help from Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage, and Events Fund – created to support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
Hannah said: “The quality of submissions we received was overwhelming, and it was a tough job to whittle it down to just 13 poems.
“Hopefully the first edition gives a good flavour of the different voices of the town, and we’ll be opening up for submissions again soon, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for more people to get involved!”
Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron, said: “We are delighted to have helped fund the first volume of Paisley Poems through our Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.
“The town has such a rich history of written verse, dating back to our original weaver poet Robert Tannahill – so it is fitting the current generation of talent be given this platform to show their work as part of the UK City of Culture bid.
“I look forward to seeing the first edition when published this week and hopefully this is the first of many – I wish the team every success for the future.”
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DSC03051.jpg800800Danielle McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngDanielle McGuire2017-04-27 11:22:062017-04-27 11:22:06FIRST EDITION OF PAISLEY POEMS MAGAZINE RELEASED FRIDAY 28TH APRIL
A new poetry magazine for showcasing poems and poets with a connection to the town of Paisley has been founded by a local creative writer – with the help of Renfrewshire Council funding.
Paisley Poems is the brainchild of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson, whose own work has been published regularly since she was just 13 after winning a national newspaper-sponsored short story writing competition. Since then, her work has been accepted for publication in various places, including Paris-based Belleville Park Pages and The James Joyce Quarterly.
building the capacity of the local creative scene.
Hannah said: “Paisley has a rich history of poetry, stretching back to the weaver poets and beyond, but until now there has been no local forum for Paisley’s poetry to be put on the world stage.
“This is a great opportunity for local writers to get some of their work published. Even if you’ve never written any poetry before, I’d encourage anyone to give it a go – we’re looking to get as wide a range of writers involved as possible.
“The City of Culture bid has already done a huge amount for the town – I think it’s great that the Council is supporting projects in all areas of the arts.”
Hannah is aiming for Paisley Poems to follow a minimalist model based on magazines in Europe such as Belleville Park Pages – which publishes poetry, fiction and short essays by contemporary writers – and the Dublin-based online literary journal, Bohemyth.
The magazine – which will be sold both online and in local shops – is now looking for budding poets to submit their work from Monday 21 November until 31 January.
The best poems will then be featured in the magazine’s first edition, scheduled for publication in spring 2017. Full details and submission guidelines can be found at www.paisleypoems.scot.
Jean Cameron, Project Director for Paisley 2021, said: “Building on the history of our weaver poets, recent interest in poetry within Paisley has been highlighted by the popular Poetry Slam which featured as part of the Sma’ Shot Day Celebrations for the past two years.
“I’m delighted that the Council is supporting Hannah and Paisley Poems to provide a local platform for new and emerging writers as it is a novel way to reflect Paisley’s wonderful heritage.”
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/paisley2021-logo.jpg315560Danielle McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngDanielle McGuire2016-11-21 09:12:472016-11-21 13:54:22NEW PAISLEY LITERARY MAGAZINE AIMS TO PUT LOCAL POETRY ON THE MAP
It’s been in Paisley’s collection for two centuries…now a manuscript penned by Robert Burns himself has been confirmed as the world’s only surviving copy of a rare piece of the poet’s work.
The piece – ‘Sir, Yours this moment I unseal’ – dates from 1786 and is described by experts as one which ‘any major library in the world would be proud to have’.
It was donated to Paisley around 200 years ago, just as Burns relics were becoming valuable commodities, and has been in the town ever since.
But the true significance has only now become known – with a leading Burns expert confirming that not only is the script in the bard’s own handwriting, but it is the world’s only known surviving copy of the verse.
It will go on display in Paisley Museum this week – in time for the 257th anniversary of Burns’ birth on Monday, and at a time when Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 is gathering pace.
It was originally donated to Paisley by John Clarkson of local threadmakers McGavin and Clarkson, at a time when the town was a thriving global textile hub.
The short verse shows Burns accepting an invitation to a party or social event
Professor Gerard Carruthers, co-director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow w- authenticated the piece – said: “Although this is not one of Burns’ major works, it is a hugely important manuscript.
“It is one that any collector, town in Scotland, or major library in the world would be proud to possess.
“The text was used by 19th-century editors of Burns, but then disappeared from sight for reasons that are not all that clear.
“The text is an upbeat poetic squib dating from 1786 and Burns’ first flush of fame.
“In it he accepts an invitation to a social gathering, even though he says he is at this moment as drunk as ‘Bartie’ – which has been taken as a name for the devil.
“Another intriguing mystery remains, as we don’t know to whom the lines have been addressed.”
The item was initially held in the collection of the institutions which later formed the current Paisley Museum and Central Library and has been in secure storage in the town in recent decades.
In November last year, plans were revealed for a £56.7m revamp of Paisley Museum into an international-class destination based on the town’s unique textile history as a flagship project connected to the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
At the same time, Renfrewshire Council has set aside £3.7m for a publicly-accessible museum store to open on the town’s High Street by 2017.
Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, added: “We already knew the town’s museum collection was of international significance, but this latest discovery shows we have another star item in our possession.
“As the town’s UK City of Culture bid moves closer, we will be looking to showcase the full scale of that collection to residents and visitors through the revamped museum and museum store.”
With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.
The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.
Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.
Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:
Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).
Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 2 August.
Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. Tickets for these shows and more are available from The Spree website now.
Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.
While the main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances – will also take place.
To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.
Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’
Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website www.modphaislig.org has more details.
The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit http://www.acgmod.org/
West End Wurdz presents Upside Down Heart – An afternoon of poetry & song at the Ashtree House Hotel, 9 Orr Square, Paisley PA1 2DL Sunday 10th February, 2-4pm
Featuring Graham Fulton reading from his new collection, “Upside Down Heart”, Derek McLuckie poet and playwright shares his unique take on romance and Gwen McKerrell gives a lyrical look at love. Music from Pauline Vallance and Coleslaw. Open mic with prize and raffle.
Contains adult material.With support from Weaving Musical Threads & Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.
Celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard: BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) at Paisley Arts Centre.
Robert Burns was a dramatic figure. The events of his life are the stuff of theatre. His humble beginnings as a plough lad, his acceptance by Edinburgh society, the women he loved (and lost) and who loved and lost him, his fiery championing of the underdog are in themselves remarkable. Add to this is talent for finding true expression in the Scots tongue, and you have a man whose life story cries out to be told, over and over again. Written in rhyming Scots, BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) is a whirlwind of a play, celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard through hilarious comedy, beautiful song, stirring passion and heart-rending tenderness. Two actors play all twenty roles, moving seamlessly across age, gender and class to portray the people and events that shaped the poet’s life and works. Including a dramatic recital of Tam o Shanter, the play is packed with excerpts from many of the bard’s poems and songs so there is plenty on offer for the Burns enthusiast as well as the newcomer.
BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 22 February at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.
https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/bard.jpg329730Brian McGuirehttps://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.pngBrian McGuire2013-01-28 13:28:452021-05-13 14:23:35Your Bard, By the Way
Paisley Photographs of the Paisley war memorial commemoration to the fallen.
Volunteers from Paisley on the web were at the Cenotaph this morning to give our respects along with schoolchildren, politicians, members of the public and members of the armed forces serving and served to commemorate all those lost in all conflicts and wars over the years. Lest we forget.
When I am old
With my medals on my chest
Will you be grateful
That I did my very best
When I am old
Will those words still haunt me
‘We shouldn’t have been there’
Even though, I helped keep you free
When I am old
And tears for my comrades fall
Will any of you understand
Side by side, we stood proud and tall
A celebration of Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage
PAISLEY THREAD MILL MUSEUM
MILE END MILL
SEEDHILL ROAD, PAISLEY
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 12- 4PM
…four good reasons to celebrate Paisley (as if you needed a reason!) and you’ll find all of them at Musical Mills in the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November. Weaving Musical Threads and University of the West of Scotland orchestrate an afternoon of some of the best talent to be found in Renfrewshire. Not to mention a few guests from its sunny Glasgow suburbs. Here are just some of the names who’ll lend their talents to a symphony of culture and entertainment:
Yes, you’ve blinked and his name is still there! Musical Mills hosts the premier of a new, never before revealed artwork from the internationally acclaimed sculptor!
Paisley punk poet extraordinaire and author of such collections as The Iron Bar Man and Speed of Dark
Author of the critically acclaimed novel, Lost Bodies. Read this and you’ll never walk alone in the dark again!
Reading poems from his new collection, Clocking in Clocking out, recently launched from the Titan Crane in Clydebank (not Brian, the book)
“…has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck ….” (Ark Magazine); Anna will premier her beautiful new song, based on the Mill Girls poetry – yes indeed – those same mill gals you’ll be meeting!
Winner of the 2009 Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Pauline delivers her own unique and inventive brand of clarsach and vocals. Eat your heart out, Cowell!!
Throughout the day, the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) will bring you their perspective in verse of what was good, great or fair to middling about life in the mills for the thousands of women who worked there. We’ll also have the eloquent Ray Evans, winner of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Poetry competition; G W Colkitto from Read Raw Ltd, Jim Gilbert, one half of musical duo A Wing and a Prayer, and Wullie Purcell, the oldest man in Paisley, reciting songs and poetry on his 200 year old guitar.
And if all that isn’t harmonious enough, we’ll have art from Karen James, and a special film interlude that will take you back in time to the Paisley that was. Or you could just drop by for a chat and a look round the Museum and its many archives.
Oh yes, and if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty performed on a harp before, now’s your chance!
Join the Musical Mills symphony.
And last but not least, another good reason to celebrate Paisley:–
Please come and support this event at Paisley Arts Centre tomorrow night. Tues 23rd. It will be an interesting film and after show discussion will address film makers perspective, dance, pressures of celeb culture and ‘suicide’
THE RED SHOES
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133m, U
A beautiful landmark of dance cinema, The Red Shoes is a cautionary tale about creative obsession. The film stars Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballet dancer manipulated by a Svengali figure. One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films, the screening will be followed by a dance performance from Reid Kerr students.
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Free / No booking required – Information: 0141 887 1010
7 – 9.30pm