My Story

I'm Emma Alexander and have been working with pupils at Paisley's West and St Mary’s Primary Schools through equalities charity Nil By Mouth. Our charity is 100% behind the Paisley 2021 bid, because we know that Paisley’s got talent!

Over the last few months equalities charity Nil by Mouth have been working with pupils at West and St Mary’s Primary Schools on a cultural project called ‘Buddies’ exploring the past, present and future of Paisley and celebrating the many different cultures that make it special.

Support from Renfrewshire's Culture, Heritage and Events Fund allowed us to bring celebrated photographer Alan McCredie to deliver special photographic workshops giving pupils a few ‘tricks of the trade’ and setting them the challenge of capturing an image celebrating the town and its people. He was blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the pupils and the winning entry by 11 year old Lee McCrimmon ‘Paisley at Night’ was a worthy winner.

As someone born and raised in Paisley being involved with this project has been a joy from start to finish and it’s been amazing watching the pupils forge new friendships and celebrate all that they have in common.

Our work at Nil by Mouth is all about bringing people together and through ‘Buddies’ we have seen them explore the town, spaces and experiences that they share. It’s also clear they have a great deal of pride in their town and the enthusiasm they have for the 2021 bid is infectious. They want to let the world know that Paisley is a special place and many of their photographs really capture the essence and spirit of the place. Everyone involved with our charity is 100% behind the bid, because we know that Paisley’s got talent!