ReimagiNation

ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld is a festival weekend (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 May) bringing stories out of the shadows of the New Town’s infamous architecture.

Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with CultureNL and having taken input from hundreds of local residents, workers and organisation, this festival weekend launches an 18 month tour of Scotland’s 5 New Towns with an exciting programme of events, debates, workshops, readings, performances, walking tours, exhibitions and more for adults and children.

From crime fiction to local history and sci-fi to sport, we listened to what local people wanted as we built ReimagiNation, ensuring there are events for all ages and all interests as well as plenty of free drop-in activities around Cumbernauld Town Centre. There’s even a pop-up Waterstones bookshop on Teviot Walk, while Cumbernauld Librarians will be on the ground level too.

This weekend festival is a chance to tell your own story in your own town, and hear others from some of the best authors, artists and performers around.

Books, reimagined

Books and stories are hugely diverse, and so are we. Traditional events see authors talk about their writing and lives. They may read extracts and take your questions. You can usually chat with them afterwards too. But from lively debates to fascinating reading workshops, creative sessions for kids to food events, and theatrical performances to cabaret nights, a Book Festival event can offer something special to everyone.

 

Events Listing

All events priced £5 / £3.50 concessions and last one hour unless stated.

Ticketed events can be booked by visiting https://culturenl.co.uk/category/whatson/


 

Friday 19 May

My Cumbernauld, My Story: Workshop
13:00 – 16:00Cumbernauld Museum

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/my-cumbernauld-my-storyworkshop/

Come along to share reflections and experiences of your life in Cumbernauld, and feed into the creation of a collage of local stories. Bring any items you would like to add.

 

The Big Festival Book Club
16:30, Cumbernauld Library
Free but ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/the-big-festival-book-club/

Dive into history with local librarians and explore the bestselling fiction of 1957 – when Cumbernauld was being designed. Come along for a read and a chat. Refreshments provided. No advance reading required.

 

Bloody Murder: Graeme Macrae Burnet
19:00, New Town Hall

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/bloody-murdergraeme-macrae-burnett/

A national publishing success story last year, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project is a mesmerising thriller centred on a triple murder in a remote Highland community in 1869. Join the author and delve into a story of murder and madness.


Saturday 20 May

 

Tales of Our Town
8:15 – 18:30
Cumbernauld Shopping Centre
Free, drop-in

Discover four new illustrated tales of the town created by local pupils in our ReimagiNation residency. How do the kids of Carbrain, Kildrum, St Mary’s and St Margaret of Scotland Primary Schools imagine Cumbernauld — past, present and future?

 

50 Years of Cumbernauld Town Centre
10:00 – 18:00
Cumbernauld Museum
Free, drop-in

A display of items from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection, marking 50 years since the Town Centre was opened.

 

Faulty Towers: New Town Life & Housing
10:00 – 16:00
St Mungo’s Church
Free, drop-in

Explore 70 years of life and housing in Cumbernauld through fascinating photos, adverts, letters and plans. See how the town’s innovative housing was envisioned then shaped by those who moved in, and add your own photos and memories.

 

Pop-Up Cinema
10:00 – 18:00
Cinema (Teviot Walk), All ages
Free, drop-in

Step into Cumbernauld’s past and enjoy a rolling programme of films from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection and the National Library of Scotland Film Archive. Films include: Cumbernauld: Town for Tomorrow, Cumbernauld Hit, ads and cartoons from 1950 to 1980.

 

See the Light: UV Drawing Room
10:00 – 16:00
Teviot Walk
Free, drop-in

Step into an amazing UV Drawing Room and reveal incredible images from Cumbernauld’s past! Use UV torches and special templates of images from the Cumbernauld Collection to see the New Town as never before.

 

Build a Carbrain Totem with Eilidh Muldoon
11:00 – 16:00
Festival Hub (Teviot Walk), All ages
Free, drop-in

Inspired by Brian Miller, Cumbernauld’s very first town artist, join artist Eilidh Muldoon to build your own version of his Carbrain landmark.

 

Building Blocks: Lego Animation Workshop
11:00 – 16:00
Ages 8 – 13,  Festival Hub
Free, drop-in

Make your own short animation using everyone’s favourite toy – Lego. Get advice on creating a story, then learn to film a short stop-frame animation.

 

The Big Book Bonanza
11:00 – 12:30, New Town Hall
Ages 8+

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/the-big-book-bonanza/

Join a whole host of favourite children’s authors for a fun-filled start to Saturday! There’s something for everyone in a packed line-up including Lari Don, David MacPhail, Barry Hutchison, Mark A Smith and Jenny Colgan, plus hosts Macastory and some special guests.

 

Plan
11:30 – 13:00 & 14:30 – 16:00
New Town Hall
Adults & 8+

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/plan/

Ishbel McFarlane’s Plan is a show with a game in it, in which you plot and build your own imaginary New Town. It’s a show about utopias, refugees and cities offering a thought-provoking spin on how modern Cumbernauld came to be.

 

Utopia to Carbuncle: Town Centre Walking Tour
11:30 – 13:00
Meet: 11:15, Sacred Heart Church, Kildrum
All ages

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/utopia-to-carbuncle-town-centre-walking-tour/

Reimagine Cumbernauld through the eyes of two leading experts, Miles Glendinning and local writer Diane Watters, both thoroughly steeped in the New Town history. Bookended by visits to two impressive modernist churches, this walking tour starts at Sacred Heart in Kildrum and finishes at St Mungo’s Church.

 

Chris Leslie & Johnny Rodger: Disappearing Glasgow
12:00, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/chris-leslie-johnny-rodgerdisappearing-glsagow/

Acclaimed photographer Chris Leslie and Professor of Architecture Johnny Rodger lead you through a moving account of the buildings and communities that are vanishing as Glasgow regenerates. Disappearing Glasgow is a striking, evocative chronicle of what is – or isn’t – left behind.

 

David Bishop on Dredd: Reading Workshop  
Reading Workshop
12:00, Castle Comics

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/david-bishop-0n-dread-reading-workshop/

Get a citizen’s eye view of life in the near-future dystopia of John Wagner & Colin MacNeil’s Judge Dredd: America with expert David Bishop and explore what drives people to protest for democratic rights. Expect lively discussion. Read the book beforehand or grab a copy afterwards.

 

Patrick Elliott & Anne Galastro on Joan Eardley
13:30, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/patrick-elliott-anne-galastro-on-joan-eardley/

 

Diane Watters: Birth, Death, Renewal
14:00, New Town Hall

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/diane-watters-birth-death-renewal/

Join architectural historian Diane Watters for a lively account of the past and possible futures for St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, an iconic modernist structure which has been praised and pilloried in equal measure, and is now being transformed into a cultural space.

 

The Town for Tomorrow Story Tour
14:00 – 15:30
Meet: 13:45, St Mungo’s Church
All ages

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/the-town-for-tomorrow-story-tour/

Cumbernauld has always been the Town for Tomorrow, but did you know that it’s also the future seat of Scotland’s space programme? That’s what storytelling duo Macastory tell us at any rate! Join them on a fun song and story trail through the town centre.

 

Jenny Colgan on A Wrinkle in Time: Reading Workshop
14:30, Penthouse Flats
Meet: 14:15, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/jenny-colgan-on-a-wrinkle-in-time/

Join Doctor Who writer Jenny Colgan for a lively workshop on Madeline L’Engle’s classic, award-winning sci-fi novel. Explore the intergalactic adventure of the original book which has been adapted for stage and screen, with a new film due in 2018. Passages provided, no need to read beforehand.

 

Denise Mina: Killer Fiction
15:00, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/denise-mina-killer-fiction/

Scottish crime superstar Denise Mina’s latest novel follows the twinned fates of William Watt and Peter Manuel, offering a compelling fictionalised account of Scotland’s first convicted serial killer. See a crime writer at the top of her unsettling game.

 

Overspilling: Cumbernauld Stories
16:00, New Town Hall
Free but Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/overspillingcumbernauld-stories/

A special showcase of Cumbernauld stories from residents young and old. Having worked with social historian Daniel Gray, group members at CACE Older People Active Lives reveal fresh tales of the town’s past and future, while Mike Nicholson shares stories created by pupils from four local primary schools. Tea and cake provided.

 

Talking the Town with Adam Kaasa
17:30, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/talking-the-town-with-adam-kaasa/

The creation of Cumbernauld was part of an architectural vision for the 20th century. The Quito Papers is an exciting global project redefining the vision for our towns and cities in today. Join project director Adam Kaasa in this interactive event to discuss how these ideas change our everyday lives.

 

 

David F Ross & David Keenan: Songs for Forgotten Futures
19:00, New Town Hall

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/david-f-ross-david-keenan-songs-for-forgotten-futures/

Two authors bring 80s music to the fore through fiction. David F. Ross’ The Man Who Loved Islands follows the trials of two men reuniting an Ayrshire band for an island festival, while David Keenan’s This is Memorial Device celebrates the misfit musicians who lit up Airdrie. Hear from the authors in an unmissable event for those formed by the musical mood of the 1980s.

 

Cumbernauld Unbound!
20:00 – 22:00
New Town Hall
Free, drop-in
Local author Kirkland Ciccone guides us through a spectacular cabaret evening stuffed with readings, performance, music and laughter! Expect performances from Helen MacKinven, David F Ross, David Keenan and others, music from Glasgow trio The Flexibles, plus hear some special stories from CACE Older People Active Lives members.


Sunday 21 May

Faulty Towers: New Town Life & Housing
10:00 – 16:00
St Mungo’s Church
Free, drop-in

Explore 70 years of life and housing in Cumbernauld through fascinating photos, adverts, letters and plans. See how the town’s innovative housing was envisioned then shaped by those who moved in, and add your own photos and memories.

 

See the Light: UV Drawing Room
10:00 – 16:00
Teviot Walk
Free, drop-in

Step into an amazing UV Drawing Room and reveal incredible images from Cumbernauld’s past! Use UV torches and special templates of images from the Cumbernauld Collection to see the New Town as never before.

 

Pop-Up Cinema
10:00 – 18:00
Cinema (Teviot Walk), All ages
Free, drop-in

Step into Cumbernauld’s past and enjoy a rolling programme of films from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection and the National Library of Scotland Film Archive. Films include: Cumbernauld: Town for Tomorrow, Cumbernauld Hit, ads and cartoons from 1950 to 1980.

 

Tales of Our Town
11:00 – 17:00
Cumbernauld Shopping Centre
Free, drop-in

Discover four new illustrated tales of the town created by local pupils in our ReimagiNation residency. How do the kids of Carbrain, Kildrum, St Mary’s and St Margaret of Scotland Primary Schools imagine Cumbernauld — past, present and future?

 

50 Years of Cumbernauld Town Centre
11:00 – 16:00
Cumbernauld Museum
Free, drop-in

A display of items from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection, marking 50 years since the Town Centre was opened.

 

Build a Carbrain Totem with Eilidh Muldoon
11:00 – 16:00
Festival Hub (Teviot Walk), All ages
Free, drop-in

Inspired by Brian Miller, Cumbernauld’s very first town artist, join artist Eilidh Muldoon to build your own version of his Carbrain landmark.

 

Building Blocks: Lego Animation Workshop
11:00 – 16:00
Ages 8 – 13,  Festival Hub
Free, drop-in

Make your own short animation using everyone’s favourite toy – Lego. Get advice on creating a story, then learn to film a short stop-frame animation.

 

Braw Wee Stories with Mike Nicholson
11:30, Cumbernauld Library
Ages 3 – 6

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/braw-wee-stories-with-mike-nicholson/

Mike Nicholson brings the friendly folk and fun Scots words of Thistle Street to Cumbernauld. Join him for a lively interactive session of rhyme, word-play and guessing games.

Plan
11:30 – 13:00 & 14:30 – 16:00
New Town Hall
Adults & 8+

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/plan/

Ishbel McFarlane’s Plan is a show with a game in it, in which you plot and build your own imaginary New Town. It’s a show about utopias, refugees and cities offering a thought-provoking spin on how modern Cumbernauld came to be.

 

Utopia to Carbuncle: Town Centre Walking Tour
11:30 – 13:00
Meet: 11:15, Sacred Heart Church, Kildrum
All ages

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/utopia-to-carbuncle-town-centre-walking-tour/

Reimagine Cumbernauld through the eyes of two leading experts, Miles Glendinning and local writer Diane Watters, both thoroughly steeped in the New Town history. Bookended by visits to two impressive modernist churches, this walking tour starts at Sacred Heart in Kildrum and finishes at St Mungo’s Church.

 

Liz Lochhead: Poetry and Place
12:00, New Town Hall

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/liz-lochead-poetry-place/

Before taking up the mantle of Scots Makar, poet Liz Lochhead was an art teacher in Cumbernauld. She takes you on a journey through her work and inspirations, investigating how poetry informs our understanding of where we’re from.

It’s All About UKE!
13:00 – 13:45  & 13:45 – 14:30
Ages 8+, Cumbernauld Library
Free, drop-in

A family-focused taster workshop on that much loved instrument -the ukulele! No previous experience required.

 

Liz Lochhead on Edwin Morgan’s Poetry: Reading Workshop
14:00, Penthouse Flats
Meet: 13:45, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/liz-locheadon-on-edwin-morgans-poetry/

The poetry of Glasgow’s first Laureate Edwin Morgan bore witness to the city and its people – their pain, joy, hope, humanity – while being endlessly inventive. Join Liz Lochhead for a discussion of her friend’s finest work. Poems provided, no advance reading required.
The Town for Tomorrow Story Tour
14:00 – 15:30
Meet: 13:45, St Mungo’s Church
All ages

Cumbernauld has always been the Town for Tomorrow, but did you know that it’s also the future seat of Scotland’s space programme? That’s what storytelling duo Macastory tell us at any rate! Join them on a fun song and story trail through the town centre.

 

Afternoon Tea with Sue Lawrence
14:30 – 15:45, New Town Hall
£10 / £7.50

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/afternoon-tea-with-sue-lawrence/

Over a spot of tea, acclaimed food writer Sue Lawrence shares her second novel The Night He Left – a book packed full of twists and turns with a gripping finale. An event with plenty to get your teeth into! Afternoon tea baked to Sue’s own recipes included.

 

Every Other Saturday: Daniel Gray & Mat Guy
15:00, Cumbernauld Library

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/every-other-saturdaydaniel-gray-mat-guy/

It’s not life and death: it’s more serious than that. Two football-daft writers bring the best and worst of the beautiful game to light in heartfelt explorations of modern football fandom in Saturday, 3pm and Another Bloody Saturday. Hear them share stories of hope, humour, community — and of course, goals.

 

Debate: Still the Town for Tomorrow?
16:30 – 18:00, New Town Hall
Free but ticketed

Ticketed event: Pls book at https://culturenl.co.uk/debatestill-the-town-for-tomorrow/

Cumbernauld is a town founded on the principles and optimism of the post-war age. Now, in a time of global flux when the meaning of home and community is changing rapidly, what can we learn from the experience in this New Town? Join local writers Diane Watters and Kirkland Ciccone plus fellow panellist Adam Kaasa in a debate chaired by writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway.