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As Paisley waved off its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the bid documents themselves were all given a unique twist.

Artists, designers and groups with links to the town were invited to design bespoke front covers for the documents.

Bound with thread donated from Coats, the company to whom Paisley’s fortunes were tied and which is still a global force, each has its own Paisley inspired design.

As they are handed over to the judging panel of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who organise the competition, we can reveal the inspiration behind some of the 25 covers.

Read Ryan Goodwin's story below.

Poet Ryan Goodwin has written prolifically about his home town and his work titled simply ‘Paisley’ was selected as one of the prestigious front covers.

Ryan, who first picked up his pen at primary school after being inspired to write verse by a teacher, said: “I wrote it in response to the bid for UK City of Culture. There are a few lines that talk about people coming from Paisley and it’s almost like it’s time to take a stance and say this is where we’re from and this is why the bid means so much.”

Strathclyde University English student Ryan, who has also contributed to ‘Paisley Poems’, a biannual literary magazine which features local poets, added: “The bid means a lot to me because Paisley does need rejuvenated. But the bid also celebrates the culture we have here."

He says he's excited to be one of the many young people able to play a part in the bid through his creativity and added: “I’ve been writing about Paisley for the last couple of years and I do feel proud to be involved.

“Some of the plans that have come out in recent weeks for the town have been really exciting.

“Paisley has seen many people come and show talent and express themselves in ways that have become renowned worldwide. It’s something the younger generation like me take a pride in – sharing streets with someone in the latest blockbuster or wearing a pattern which bears the same name as our town."