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  • Alistair Braidwood

Radical New Futures: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Keira Brown & Imogen Stirling...

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Keira Brown

Imogen Stirling

The latest podcast is all about the forthcoming Paisley Book Festival, and Ali spoke to co-producer Keira Brown and writer-in-residence Imogen Stirling about this year’s festival, the challenges faced, the necessary move to online, the theme of ‘Radical New Futures’, and a whole lot more.

The line-up is fantastic, and there will be a full SWH! preview soon, but a few names to mention include previous SWH! podcast guests Kirstin Innes, Joe Donnelly, Alan Bissett, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Graeme Armstrong, and Kapka Kassabova, as well as recently reviewed Laura Waddell and Andrew O’Hagan, Booker winner Stuart Douglas, and guest curators Kirsty Logan, Malachy Tallack, and The Fountain, but they only begin to scratch the surface.

Keira talks us through the programme, this years’s themes, how people can get involved, and how to support the festival, and Imogen explains her role and describes the workshops she’s running, as well as the events she has created – including Imogen’s Big Night In and Radicalism in Stillness. It’s the perfect introduction to what promises to be one of the cultural highlights, and must attend events, of 2021.

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You can donate and support the festival here – Support PBF2021.

If you are new to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast there is quite a substantial back-catalogue for you to discover. If you aren’t yet a subscriber you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes, on Podbean, with Spotify, by RSS (but you’ll need to have an RSS reader to do so) or on MixCloud. \

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For a further idea as to what to expect, here’s a short film about last year’s festival:

We will continue to bring you many and varied SWH! podcasts over the coming weeks and months in 2021.

In the meantime you can always check out our back catalogue of over 180 interviews with some of the most interesting names in Scottish culture.


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