While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping…

Ah! The bogles are aboot! Halloween tomorrow and my kids are nipping aboot in their Ninja & Witches costumes. I’m digging oot my skeleton socks…

I was delighted to be invited along to particpate in the the Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum and Disability Resource Centre exhibition “Art and Health” in the Tweedie Hall, Linwood this week. All of the artists have different health conditions but share the same passion for creative art. In May this year the Art Group took part in the Creative Competition run by the Alliance Health and Social Care Academy ( @ALLIANCEScot ) which invited people across Scotland to share their perspectives on the theme of “My Wellbeing, My Future.” Over a hundred entries were received in a variety of artistic forms – poetry, short stories, arts and crafts, photography, videos and music – and all will be now be shared with the Scottish Government to help shape a refreshed long-term vision for health and social care in Scotland.

The Art Group were delighted to win the Arts and Crafts section of the competition with their piece ‘Rainbow in Motion’ and Marianne Brennan and Justine Duncan from the Academy presented the winners with their certificates at the opening. This is a must see piece! The exhibition is on till Monday 30th November. Admission is free and all the work on display is for sale.

Thanks to Diane Webb @dianeeva the artists can be seen at the hyperlink below!


As you may already be aware, Paisley is bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021. Work is already under way on the bid behind the scenes but the public launch will take place on Saturday 14 November alongside the town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on. The event will allow everybody to unwrap Paisley’s City of Culture bid in time for Christmas. We want you to come along show your support for the bid by using #Paisley2021 on social media. So if you’re a tweeter get tweeting!!

And of course if you’re going along today or tomorrow get tweeting those #PaisleyHalloween pics!!


Date: Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October
Venue: Paisley town centre
Entry: Free

Have a great Halloween and watch oot for the Bogles…

The Bogle
There’s a bogle by the bour-tree at the lang loan heid,
I canna thole the thocht o’ him, he fills ma he’rt wi’ dreid;
He skirls like a hoolet, an’ he rattles a’ his banes,
An’ gi’es himsel’ an unco fash to fricht wee weans
W. D. Cocker

All the best