Debate: Irvine – A New Old Town?

Sun 27 Aug 2017 3:30pm (90 minutes)
Free event but ticket required | Online sales include 95p booking fee

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Please note, this event was originally advertised as taking place at 5pm, but has been rescheduled to start at 3.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Any tickets booked will remain valid.

In some respects, Irvine’s history throws the whole notion of the New Town development project into sharp relief. A medieval royal burgh and an early capital of Scotland, the town has historic connections to major figures in the nation’s past, from Burns to Mary, Queen of Scots. What then does it mean to be a ‘new town’? Tensions between the old and the new exist everywhere, but Irvine’s reimagining over the past century has perhaps been more fraught than most. What does the future hold for Irvine, old and new?

Chaired by local writer and one of the nation’s finest essayists Andrew O’Hagan, and following on from fascinating discussions in Cumbernauld and East Kilbride, we’re hosting our third debate on the successes, failures and opportunities of Scotland’s New Towns, and we want you to make your voice heard. The panel is composed of:

  • John Grindrod, author of Outskirts and the critically-acclaimed Concretopia, a book about the rebuilding of Britain after the Second World War.
  • David F Ross, architect, designer and author of the Disco Days trilogy, which follows the ups and downs of a legendary band from Ayrshire.
  • Audrey Sutton, Head of Service for Connected Communities with North Ayrshire Council and an instrumental figure in bringing ReimagiNation to Irvine.

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine