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Alan Bissett with copies of 'Alight Here', an anthology of Falkirk writing ''Picture: Michael Gillen
Alan Bissett with copies of 'Alight Here', an anthology of Falkirk writing ''Picture: Michael Gillen
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What Falkirk means to the people who call it home is revealed in two exciting pieces of new work.

Author Alan Bissett has edited an anthology of writing about the town with stories from those who have been published on previous occasions and others finding themselves in print for the first time.

‘Alight Here’ is a result of the Creative Places Award which was won last year by Falkirk, giving funding to take forward cultural projects.

Launched last week, the book contains work from established writers Janet Paisley, Gordon Legge, Brian McCabe, Brian McNeill and Aidan Moffat, as well as a host of newcomers. The second half of the paperback is a selection of poetry chosen by Alan from the archives at Callendar House.

The Creative Scotland Award also funded ‘What the F**kirk?’, written and performed by Alan, which takes a slightly irreverent but also poignant look at what ties people to Falkirk. It examines the town’s ‘Touch Ane, Touch A’ motto and how it still has importance today, perhaps more than ever.

With music by Adam Stafford and directed by Sacha Kyle, the play contains some hilarious, but thought provoking film clips when youngsters and older Bairns respond to questions about their home town.

‘What the F**kirk is currently touring and tomorrow (Friday) is in Behind the Wall, Falkirk, Saturday at The Songbird in Denny and on Sunday, Alan will be back in the place he grew up, Hallglen, performing in the sports centre. All shows start at 7.30 p.m. and are suitable for those over 16 years.