Cumbernauld: Meet Ishbel McFarlane

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the questions they’ll bring to local people. Theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane’s new performance/game Plan invites audiences to construct a town in much the same way as New Town planners …

Cumbernauld: Meet Daniel Gray

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the questions they’ll bring to local people. Writer and historian Daniel Gray is working with service users at Cumbernauld Action Care for the Elderly to gather stories of the …

Cumbernauld: Meet Mike Nicholson

I’m Mike Nicholson, an Edinburgh-based children’s author who enjoys writing for others to read, as well as working with others to create their own stories. It took me a while to get into writing. I had worked in a few jobs with different charities before I twigged that what I really love is playing around with words and forming stories; …

From New Town to New Towns

Across 2017 and 2018 Booked! is going on a tour of Scotland’s New Towns – Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Irvine, Glenrothes and Livingston. We’ll work with local people and organisations in each area to celebrate and enjoy books, creativity and discussion. Following the Second World War, the establishment of these new developments in and around (or on top of) existing communities …

What’s it called?

The New Town of Cumbernauld began coming to life 60 years ago next year. Located on the north eastern outskirts of a then overcrowded post-war Glasgow, the developers brought ideas of modernity to an extant village with roots stretching back to the Romans. Theirs was a vision of utopia, of a community created from scratch in a town purpose built …