About ReimagiNation: Irvine

ReimagiNation: Irvine is a festival bringing stories out of the shadows of the New Town’s infamous architecture, taking place in Portal, Irvine’s new leisure, culture and community centre.

Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with North Ayrshire Council, this Festival marks the third 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 fiction to local history, politics to picture books and even a history of heavy metal, 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 foyer of Portal.

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 entirely in Portal, 21 High Street, predominately using the Townhouse part of the building.

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

Portal and all venues therein are completely wheelchair accessible.

21 High Street
Irvine, KA12 0AZ
Phone: 01294 310060