Literature Ambassador: Writers’ Free For All

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 […]

For the Poets

The Rialto is one of those literary magazines that poets strive to get into, it’s the writer’s equivalent of the Royal Albert Hall. You know you’ve made it, if only for a season, if they accept your work. And they have a pamphlet competition which anyone can enter, all you need is about twenty (perfect) […]

Literature Ambassador: Poetic Doors

Saturday at The Stove there is this* Go! Forgotten Doors October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Seven of Dumfries’ long-lost buildings will be brought back to life in a day of poetry and art, plus an eighth ‘Future Door’. Large, free-standing representations of the forgotten doors will appear around the town in their former homes. […]

Reason Sits Helpless at its Desk

What with world (‘crazier and more of it than we think’*) goings on at the moment I’m incredibly relieved to be off Ullapool for a week (from Friday) with The Mr. I hope to  explore Assynt, the favourite place of one of my favourite poets, Norman MacCaig, and as luck would have it a new […]

Literature Ambassador: Shoreline Voices

Oh how I love it when someone sends me a press release, it makes life so much easier. And this is exactly the kind of thing I’d go to if I had the cash. SHORELINE VOICES – AN INTRODUCTION TO INSIGHT Saturday 3rd June, 2.30 pm. Theatre Royal Studio, 66-68 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries. Standing on […]

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 […]