Scottish Writers Centre, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
6 December, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Writer, poet, and playwright Janet Paisley writes for stage, television, radio, and screen. She was a member of the Working Party for a Scottish National Theatre, the SAC (Scots Language Synergy), and is the Cross Party Parliamentary Group for the Scots Language. She has held a variety of Creative Writing Fellowships, a Playwright’s Bursary, edited New Writing Scotland and co-ordinated the first Scottish PEN Women Writers Committee.
Paisley will share her diverse and extensive body of work in plays, poetry and stories about dealing with the truths of human behaviour, especially between men and women. She brings an unflinching eye, as well as an ability to move convincingly between pathos, satire, invective and even humour when looking at relationships as well as the darker subjects of sexual violence and abuse. In the outspoken nature and language of her work she stands alongside her Scottish contemporaries, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, and Kathleen Jamie.
Paisley is a performer of her own work and appeared at Glasgow’s Mayfest in Bread & Circuses, The Killing of Women, Stick, Back to Basics and For Want of a Nail. Her first poetry collection, Pegasus in Flight, was published in 1989. Her play, Refuge won the Peggy Ramsay Award (1996). Other plays include, Winding String, Deep Rising, straightjackets and her radio plays include, Curds and Cream, Diary of a Goth, and Silver Bullet. Paisley has also co-written plays with Graham McKenzie, Sooans Nict and the Radio comedy play, Bill and Koo.
In 2000 Paisley was awarded a Creative Scotland Award to write Not for Glory (2001), a collection of linked short stories in Scots, set in Glen Village near Falkirk, where she lives. This book was one of ten Scottish finalists voted for by the public in the 2003 World Book Day ‘We are what we read’ poll.
IN 2001, Paisley’s short film Long Haul won a Bafta nomination. She also writes, poems, stories, and radio drama for children. Her novels are White Rose Rebel (2007), set during the Jacobite rebellion, and Warrior Daughter (2009), both being made into films. Her most recent play, The Lasses O (2010) was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and is based on the life of poet, Robert Burns.
£6/£3 (Concessions) Free for SWC Members