Literature Ambassador #5: Bookish in Spring

Organised by The Association of  Wigtown Booksellers  Wigtown Spring Book Weekend is now a well established annual festival. You’ll find four days of events in bookshops and cafes around town, as well as in the new WFC venue space at Number 11 North Main Street. The whole programme can be found here and you can book […]

New Loves #1: Gerhard Richter

According to my Pinterest boards I’ve been aware of Gerhard Richter and his work for some years, but it was only seeing this picture a few days ago that led me to see how important he/it is to me. It reminds me of the slightly grubby net curtained windows of my childhood. There’s a holiday […]

Literature Ambassador #4: Textual Healing

As a creative practitioner I’m very interested in the notion that art can heal, or at least strengthen us against life’s ills. I don’t know how close to the truth this comes, but I do know that the medical profession is beginning to take art seriously as a therapeutic force for certain conditions, with even […]

Journal

What are the literary and visual arts equivalents of timing in music? Some initial thoughts, and a call for discussion.

Journal

Random Post: Help! Until Tuesday, whenever I published a new post I could edit the menu in my sidebar so that when you click on ‘Journal’ you land on the new post. But the facility to edit individual menu items seems to have gone, and I can’t for the life of me work out how […]

Literature Ambassador #3: Upcoming Events

Here follows a quick round-up of some of the upcoming  literary happenings in Dumfries and Galloway over the next week or so.* Playwrights@Theatre Royal 2 A rehearsed reading of five new short play scripts. Its a FREE event. No need to book just turn up. You’d be very welcome. Spread the word and let anyone […]

Sources of Inspiration #3: David Hockney

David Hockney was the first artist I paid any real attention to. During the summer I turned 21 I got on a bus to Paris with a couple of friends for a little explore. It took 26 hours, and being small I was the only one who managed to sleep, so when we arrived I […]

Literature Ambassador #2: a Festival & a Competition

Wigtown International Poetry Competition is now open for entries from anyone in the world, until Friday 26 May 2017. There are three categories: Main (£1500), Scottish Gaelic (£250), and Scots (£250). The Scottish Poetry Library will read all poems submitted for the Main Prize, and create a short leet for the judge. This alone makes […]

Sources of Inspiration #2: Tom Waits

I fell in love with Tom Waits when I heard him (for the first time) on the album Red Hot and Blue, singing the Cole Porter song ‘It’s Alright with Me.’ That was enough to make me rush out and buy an album. Unfortunately I chose Closing Time. It was a sore disappointment. Not because […]