Back in the 90s the writers of Dumfries and Galloway had regular gatherings in the form of the Writers’ Free For All. This was a place writers could discuss their current projects, share their work, and generally give and receive support. I didn’t live here then, but I’ve heard other writers in the region talk about it with hushed reverence, and felt sad it fell by the wayside. But, thanks to Stuart Paterson, a poet who has recently returned to the region, and The Stove Network, the Free for All is back. This is what Stuart says about it:
Next Friday, the 11th, sees the resurrection of D&G’s famed Writers’ Free For All. Previously held in the 1990s in Orchardton House, it will now take place in The Stove & offers a great opportunity for writers from throughout the region to meet, blether, read, drink & share ideas. It’s free, there will be wine or you can BYOB, bring books, stories, poems, monologues, songs, yourself. Young, old, in-between, published, non-published – all are more than welcome. Starts around 6.30, ends when we say it ends! Hope you can make it!
I will be there, both as a writer who could use a little writerly company, and as one of the Scottish Book Town Literature Ambassadors. I’ll let you know how it goes.