Encounters Cumbernauld and Chryston

Strictly Stretch goes to the Musicals!
Friday 6 October
Chryston Community Centre
10.30am – 11.30am
50+ years
£4/£3.50 Concession
Come along to one of our regular Strictly Stretch classes as they indulge in some West End Musical Theatre inspired moves – come and join the cast!
No booking required.

Studio Arts Forum
Wednesday 4 October
Cumbernauld Theatre
1.30pm – 2.30pm
16+ years
Free
Cumbernauld’s very own Studio Arts Forum will perform a mixture of their favourite poetry and some original pieces in this celebration of the recent National Poetry Day. The Poacher’s Pot group are sure to entertain with their amusing and thoughtful selections so come along for a most enjoyable afternoon.
For more information, call 01236 618190

Kirsty Logan
Monday 9 October
Cumbernauld Library
7pm – 8pm
16+ years
Free (ticketed)
Fairy tales are pretty stories with happy endings meant for children, right? Well, not these ones! Perhaps we’re more familiar with the tame storybook versions, but fairy tales were originally shared between adults, and are crammed full of blood, violence, sex, mystery and betrayal. Join award-winning novelist, short story writer and author of the magical ‘The Gracekeepers’ Kirsty Logan for an exploration of the darker side of the tales we all think we know.
Follow @kirstylogan on Twitter.
This event is free, but please book by calling 01236 618190 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

Reclaim Your Right to Write! – Creative Writing Workshops
Tuesdays 10, 17, 24 and 31 October
Muirfield Community Centre,
Cumbernauld
7pm – 9pm
16+ years
Free
Join experienced writer and editor Catherine Baird and ’reclaim your right to write’. No previous experience is necessary to explore the world of creative writing as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Programme in Lanarkshire. Using the SMHAFF theme of ‘Reclaim’ as a starting point, explore new ideas, re-cycle and repurpose old stories and themes to write your own fiction and poetry within a supportive workshop setting.
Advance booking is essential as places are limited. Call 01236 632828

In the Mood
Wednesday 11 October
Cumbernauld Museum
1.30am – 3pm
Adults only
£2.50 (includes refreshments)
Join us for an informal sing along with some favourite tunes from the 50s, 60s as well as some Scottish traditional music.
Places are limited to please call 01698 274 590 to book or email museums@culturenl.co.uk.

Louise Welsh presents ‘No Dominion’
Tuesday 17 October
Cumbernauld Library
7pm – 8pm
16+ years
Free (ticketed)
Louise Welsh is the critically acclaimed author of The Cutting Room and The Bullet Trick. With the recent publication of her latest title No Dominion, Louise has completed her hugely-successful ‘Plague Times’ trilogy of dystopian novels. The book continues in the same horrifying vein as previous instalments, and sees long-standing characters come face-to-face with the dark heart of post-apocalyptic Glasgow. This event is sure to be a thought-provoking trip into the dark heart of a crime writer at the peak of her creativity.
Follow @louisewelsh00 on Twitter.
This event is free, but please book by calling 01236 618190 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

First World War Centenary: Make a Medal
Tuesday 17 October
Cumbernauld Museum
11am – 4pm
6+ years
£2
Learn about the medals awarded during the First World War and hear some of the stories behind them. Make your own medal to wear home. You can also handle some soldier’s kit and weapons and learn about a day in the trenches.
This is a drop-in activity – no booking required.

Malcy Duff
Saturday 21 October
Cumbernauld Library
2pm – 3pm
Free
Malcy Duff is a comic artist who works with all ages. He has worked around the world encouraging people with mixed experiences of comic book art to create their own work. At this workshop event he will be encouraging everyone to create their own comic book story. Don’t worry if you have never done this before Malcy will be on hand to guide you through it. Suitable for all the family, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
For more information, call 01236 618190

Cumbernauld Hit Film Screening
Wednesday 25 October
Cumbernauld Museum
11am
16+ years
Free
A fiction spy thriller about an evil woman’s plans to ‘hi-jack’ the New Town of Cumbernauld. Sponsored by Cumbernauld Development Corporation, this film is an original take on the ‘promotional’ films produced for Scotland’s New Towns during the 1970s. Join us in the museum for an informal screening of the film. (Run time approx. 45 mins). Refreshment will be served.
This is a drop-in activity – no booking required.