The Portal

The Portal
66 High Street, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA12 0AX
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Andrew O'Neil: A History of Headbanging

Stand-up comedian Andrew O’Neill has starred on TV shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and makes regular radio and festival appearances too. Merging his comedic skills with his love of music, he’s penned A History of Heavy Metal, in which he analyses his beloved music scene's larger-than-life figures, from the late…

Mon 28 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Chris Renwick: The State of Welfare

Senior Lecturer in Modern History at York University, Chris Renwick, takes us from the British system's beginnings as practised in Victorian workhouses up to the present day when some commentators accuse people of making benefits a lifestyle choice.

Sun 27 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Debate: Irvine - A New Old Town?

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’?

Sun 27 Aug

prices vary / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Dylan the Dog with Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance, reads from Dylan, a picture book series about a fun-loving stripy dog who loves to play, and shows you how the stories grew from one simple character sketch. Ages 2–4.

Sun 27 Aug

prices vary / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Greg Sinclair: A Piece of You

Imagine telling a story about yourself and then having it turned into a song. A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your thoughts and feelings into your…

Sun 27 Aug

Free but ticketed / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Hunting for Treasure with Alice Melvin

Can you spot the feathers needed to complete the bird’s tail or the glitter to create a butterfly? Grab your magnifying glass to help author-illustrator Alice Melvin locate the missing items in her fun-filled book Treasure Hunt and discover how she hides objects in her beautifully detailed drawings.

Tue 29 Aug

prices vary / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Irvine Unbound

Books might not make you think loud and lively, but Unbound is just that — a thrilling cabaret-style event with live music, hilarious and haunting readings from authors often showing new sides to their work, and a bar. And it’s completely free to attend. Taking place nightly at the Edinburgh International Book…

Sun 27 Aug

Free / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

John Grindrod: Unbuckling Green Belts

Green Belts serve many purposes but it’s unlikely that many of us could point to exactly where they lie. John Grindrod has a personal connection to the issues revolving around these mystery zones, and his book Outskirts offers a refreshingly personal social history of these most divisive areas of the UK.

Sun 27 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Knightly Tales with Vivian French & David Melling

Bestselling duo Vivian French and David Melling introduce their latest knightly tale Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Sam J Butterbiggins dreams of becoming a noble knight with epic quests and fearsome foes – but at his aunt and uncle’s castle, all that is forbidden. Can Sam and cousin Prune overcome the odds, the…

Sun 27 Aug

£2.50 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Mary Contini: Food and Family

Mary Contini, Director of Valvona and Crolla, the family-run chain of Edinburgh delicatessens, restaurants and cookery school, shares Dear Alfonso, the third in her series exploring her Scottish-Italian family who brought Italian cookery to Scotland. As well as vivid, colourful depictions of family life, Mary isn’t afraid…

Sun 27 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Michael J Malone & Lisa McInerney

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Ireland’s Lisa McInerney. Malone’s Dog Fight has been called Glasgow’s Fight Club, dragging us into a seedy underworld where criminal gangs prey on the vulnerable. McInerney’s The Blood Miracles follows her Baileys Women’s Prize-winning…

Mon 28 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Plan: Build Your New Town

Ever thought you could make your town better, or even create an entirely new one? Join theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane for Plan. Part game, part performance, audiences build an imaginary New Town for 40,000 people in a fun, thought-provoking show suitable for adults and kids. Suitable for adults & children aged 8+

Sun 27 Aug

£2.25–£5 / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam with Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Join author Tracey Corderoy and illustrator Steven Lenton for stories, pictures and games with sweet-as-pie reformed robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. There’s live drawing, storytelling using puppets and props, and lots of opportunities to join in. Tracey Corderoy, the author of Hubble Bubble, Granny…

Mon 28 Aug

Free but ticketed / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

Your New Town Tales

Writer, TV presenter and social historian Daniel Gray joins us for this latest stage of the ReimagiNation tour, gathering your stories of New Town life. Drop in and pin your tale on our big Irvine map, drawing inspiration from images and items from the local archive. Whether you have two minutes to spare for a one-liner…

Sun 27 Aug

Free / 01294 310060

Part of ReimagiNation: Irvine.

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