About ReimagiNation: East Kilbride

ReimagiNation: East Kilbride is a festival weekend bringing stories out of the shadows of the New Town’s infamous architecture.

Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and The Village Centre, this Festival marks the second stop of an 18 month tour of Scotland’s 5 New Towns with an exciting programme of events, debates, performances, walking tours and more for adults and children.

From crime fiction to local history, comic book making to picture books for little ones, there are events for all ages and all interests as well as plenty of free drop-in activities. There’s even a pop-up Waterstones bookshop in The Village Centre, as well as lots of stalls selling products and sharing information about local events and services.

ReimagiNation is a chance to tell your story in your town, and hear others from some of the best authors and performers around.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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.

Visit our YouTube page to see videos of Edinburgh International Book Festival events or check out our audio gallery to download podcasts of some of our past events with great authors and storytellers.

Venue and access info

Events take place in East Kilbride Arts Centre, The Village Theatre, The Village Centre, and St Bride’s Church.

East Kilbride Arts Centre:
51 – 53 Old Coach Road
East Kilbride, G74 4DU
01355 261000
email: ekartscentre@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

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The Village Theatre:
Maxwell Drive, The Village
East Kilbride, G74 4HG
01355 248669
email: villagetheatre@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

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The Village Centre:
12 Maxwell Drive, The Village,
East Kilbride, G74 4HG
01355 249062
email: joanne@thevillagecentre.co.uk

St Bride’s RC Church:
Whitemoss Avenue
East Kilbride, G74 1NN
01355 220 005

ReimagiNation: East Kilbride is accessible on foot, by car, rail or bus. Check Traveline Scotland for up to date public transport information.

Google map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/G2TC9FeEruq

East Kilbride Village, adjacent to East Kilbride Town Centre, is well sign-posted and can be reached from all routes into the town.

Car parking is available on street, in lay-bys and the following car parks:

  • Main Street and Old Mill Road – next to Co-op
  • Kittoch Street
  • Elizabeth Court – off Stuart Street at Scotmid Funeral Directors
  • St Bryde Street – behind the Village Theatre
  • Montgomery Place – at the side of Lindsay House
  • West Kirk – opposite Lindsay House

The Village Centre also has its own private car park but spaces are limited.

Public transport is available. East Kilbride train station is just across the road from the West Kirk on Kittoch Street and is a 5 minute walk to the Village Centre/Theatre – trains run to and from Glasgow Central (usually every half hour).

Buses run through the Village and a number of buses running to the Town Centre Bus Station stop on Whitemoss Avenue, a two or three minute walk to the Village. TOA taxis are located in the Main Street.