Off the Page festival to bring Stirling’s hidden history to life

A historical walking tour of medieval Stirling will feature as an exciting new addition to the popular Off the Page festival which returns this month.

Cllr Gerry McGarvey is joined by Drs Murray Cook and Valentina Bold in addition to Stirling Makar Laura Fyfe and staff from Stirling Council's Library service
(L-R): Dr Murray Cook; Cllr Gerry McGarvey; Lindsay McKrell, Jonathan Kaney & Jan Hay (Stirling Council Libraries); Laura Fyfe, Stirling Makar; Dr Valentina Bold

‘Words on the Street’ will explore locations and figures from Stirling’s forgotten past that are celebrated in poetry and song with expert guides.

Stirling Council archaeologist, Dr Murray Cook, and internationally recognised expert on Scottish culture and community heritage, Dr Valentina Bold, will lead the free tour in a unique look at the history of Stirling.

Off the Page returns for its 16th edition on 25 May offering a packed five-day programme of literary events highlighting established and new writing talent local to the area.

An opportunity to be immersed in history

Community Wellbeing and Housing Convener, Cllr Gerry McGarvey said: “This year’s Off the Page festival is set to provide one of its most exciting programmes yet.

“Any opportunity to delve into Stirling’s history and culture is a treat and the Words on the Street walking tour will allow those who take part to really immerse themselves in it.

“Our libraries are also hosting a diverse range of fantastic free events, including talks and lectures from some of Stirling’s most talented writers, illustrators and poets.

“Off the Page is one of the key events in Stirling’s packed cultural calendar that promotes the vibrant creative output of our communities. My heartfelt thanks go to all our partners and supporters who make it all possible.”

Other highlights in this year’s Off the Page programme include:

  • Bridge of Allan Library hosting an open session with its new history group about Stirling’s ancient wells.

  • Stirling Makar Laura Fyfe and global traveller and poet William Letford hosting an evening of emerging literary talent from Stirling.

  • An evening with best-selling author of historical fiction, Douglas Jackson, at Fallin Library.

  • Exploring a local legend with guest author/illustrator Mandy Elizabeth Rush at Plean Library.

  • Local author K M Murphy reading from her books at St Ninians Library, drawing on her experiences of growing up in Stirling.

  • A brilliant book making workshop at Balfron Library.

Places at each event must be reserved in advance. The full Off the Page programme and details of how to register for each event is available on the Stirling Council website.