John Hegley is coming to Gatehouse Primary in “Animal Alphaboat”, his brilliant interactive show for children. John will enchant children from three primary schools in the Region with his unique approach to poetry, dance and song, his poetic genius and silliness – with vegetables.

‘You’re absolutely guaranteed a good time, your kids will love it, I loved it’ (A grown up)

Thursday 20th April  10.30 – 12.00  Gatehouse Primary   This is a schools only event

An afternoon with poet comedian John Hegley - the People’s Potato.

A sequence of songs, poems, letters, drawings, daleks and dances. Suitable for adults and youngsters over 7. This show has extensively toured venues in England but has its debut on Scottish soil with this trip to the Dumfries region.  There’s Trains. There’s John Keats. There is Joan of Arc. There are trucks and boats and a ship. With chips. What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

Thursday 20th 2.30 – 3.30  The Mill on the Fleet  £8.00

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Mike Duguid, a past President of the Robert Burns World Federation, examines the verse epistles of our National Bard and makes the case that these bantering exchanges with his local pals, the ‘hairum-scarum, ram-stam boys, the rattlin squad,’ provide the truest reflection of the poet’s inner thoughts.   

4.30 – 5.30     The Mill on the Fleet   £5.00

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Gatehouse’s longest-running music session takes a literary turn, as the region’s foremost musicians and jammers turn their attention to the lyrical greats.  From Henryson to Hendrix, Burns to Bowie, this genre-defying shindig has proved a rousing and entertaining shot-across-the-bows for the last three Big Lit festivals: come prepared to listen, sing or bash a tambourine.   

Thursday 20th  9.00pm onwards. The Masonic Arms  Free

John Blandy is a landscape painter, and works in pastel on site. This remarkable film brings together a sequence of pastels painted over many days and in all seasons between 2003 and 2004 

Blandy works towards the idea by making extended series following particular places over long periods. Three current projects are ‘Follow a lime tree’ in Queens Park started in 1997, ‘Seacourt’ a stream near Oxford and ‘Hornbeam’ an iconic tree in Wytham Wood.  

www.johnblandy.co.uk

April 20 – 23   The Mill on the Fleet    Free

Original and extraordinary text-related art work on exhibition and for sale

in The Bakehouse Studio by seven talented and innovative artists from

Intertwine - Galloway Textile Collective - comprised of professional textile artists, living and working in Dumfries & Galloway.

April 20 – 23  10.30 – 4.30   

The Bakehouse Studio

A writers workshop with Karen Campbell

This creative writing workshop explores how we can mine the past to find diamonds. Whether it’s a moment in time, a world event, or a piece of personal or family folklore, we’ll look at how history can be used as inspiration.  Led by tutor Karen Campbell, whose last two novels have been based on historical events, the workshop will focus on what you might leave behind as much as what you bring forward.  Each participant is asked to bring one small, personal item significant to them!

Friday 21st 10.30 – 12.30  The Mill on The Fleet  £15.00

Contact Chrys Salt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 01557 814175 to register. 

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Chik Duncan and Jane Overton write both for page and stage on a wide range of subjects. Their work is often funny and occasionally tragic-comic, always engaging, covering subjects as wide ranging as Life, Death and Supermarket Checkouts. Welcome to their (rather random) worlds.

Friday 21st 1.00 – 2.00  The Franca Bruno Shop  Lunch £6.95

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there, wrote LP Hartley. But is it? In her collection of novellas, The Four Marys, Jean Rafferty examines how the past is embedded in the present. Through shape-shifting, baby-snatching, infanticide and a hanging, she uses Scottish myth and history to interrogate who we are today. Are we different from our predecessors? Is there such a thing as progress? Or is history forever doomed to repeat itself? In this challenging and thoughtful session Rafferty asks her audience to consider what makes us who we are. 

Friday 21st 2.30 – 3.30 The Mill on the Fleet  £5.00

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Billy Kay, charismatic and eloquent writer, performer and broadcaster, is one of the great chroniclers of Scottish language and culture and author of  books such as  The Scottish World, Scots The Mither Tongue and Knee Deep in Claret  In this special talk he will tell stories from his travels and detail the incredible influence the Scottish diaspora has had in far flung countries of the world. He will also talk about Scottish convivial history and the role we have played in some of the great wines of the world from Napa Valley to Bordeaux and the Douro. (Followed by wine in The Mill Cafe)

4.00 – 5.30   The Mill on the Fleet   £5.00 (wine not included)

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An interactive drumming workshop. All ages and musical ability welcome. Get down with the beat and enjoy an evening of rhyme and rhythm with The Stranraer African Drumming Group. Young people under 12 should  to be accompanied by an adult.. Website www.drum-for-fun.co.uk or find them on Facebook - Stranraer’s Drum for Fun 

7.00 – 8.30   Gatehouse Drop-in    Free

Dark literary deeds at Cream o’ Galloway! Can you untangle the clues and solve the mystery?  Bring along a team and join an evening of mystery, intrigue and suspense created by the fabulous Bunkaroo performing arts group.

Teams of up to 6 people should include at least one adult; children aged 5+ are welcome to join the fun.   

7.00 – 9.30  Cream ‘o Galloway  Adults £6, Children £4  Tickets include tea, coffee, squash and shortbread.  Booking essential. Booking only through The Box Office for this event (The Franca Bruno Shop  Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109).

Upgrade your table! Pre-order a bottle of Cairn o’ Mohr wine and a platter of Finlay Farmhouse Cheeses for £20 per table. 01557 815222

The Galloway Consort tell the tale of a love story set at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, with a newly written text illustrated with 16th century music from Scotland, France and England, played on viols, recorders, lute, renaissance guitar, and voice.

7.30 – 9.00  The Mill on the Fleet   £8.00

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John Blandy is a landscape painter, and works in pastel on site. This remarkable film brings together a sequence of pastels painted over many days and in all seasons between 2003 and 2004 

Blandy works towards the idea by making extended series following particular places over long periods. Three current projects are ‘Follow a lime tree’ in Queens Park started in 1997, ‘Seacourt’ a stream near Oxford and ‘Hornbeam’ an iconic tree in Wytham Wood.  

www.johnblandy.co.uk

April 20 – 23   The Mill on the Fleet    Free

Original and extraordinary text-related art work on exhibition and for sale

in The Bakehouse Studio by seven talented and innovative artists from

Intertwine - Galloway Textile Collective - comprised of professional textile artists, living and working in Dumfries & Galloway.

April 20 – 23  10.30 – 4.30   

The Bakehouse Studio

WagTongues is Dumfries & Galloway’s only itinerant bookshop which pops up all over the region to sell books written by local authors. As well as the opportunity to browse and buy from, a wonderful range of books – fiction, travel, memoir, poetry, young adult – there is live programme which means you can meet writers as well as listen to readings and author interviews throughout the day. Come along and celebrate the wealth of Dumfries and Galloway’s writing and publishing talent. Entry is free.

Saturday 22nd  10.30 – 5.30  Mill on the Fleet

‘No-one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark’

Ghazi Hussein, Palestinian/Syrian refugee, now an award winning Scottish writer in conversation with journalist Jean Rafferty. An event that speaks to the greatest issue of our time - migration. There will also be  readings from SPEN’s  forthcoming anthology celebrating the 90th anniversary of Scottish PEN. "City of towers and turrets/City of my desire/I sought you as an  immigrant  bird/Full of yearning and a song on my lips" (from To  Edinburgh by Ghazi Hussein). Chair:  Liz Niven SPEN Writer-in-exile convener.

Saturday 22nd 10.30 – 11.30   The Mill on the Fleet   Free Tickets

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Wake a moth, shake your squirrely tale, make a skunky stink, wish upon an acorn and discover what to do in a little canoe. Stories, songs, games & crafts. Family fun for everyone! Families-  with under fives and/or unattended primary kids

Saturday 22nd  10.30 – 12.00   The Drop-in Centre    Free Tickets

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Peter Marinker, actor and Artistic Director of The Godot Company, talks about creating the character of Vladimir in a recent acclaimed London production of Waiting for Godot, considered one of the the most significant plays of the 20th century - with speeches from the play.

‘Becket as Beckett intended’ 

‘The genius of (Marinker’s) performance is his ability to play this weak and broken character with such strength and focus’. Hayden Jones

Saturday 22nd 12.00 – 1.00    The Mill on the Fleet     £8.00

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Three fine poets from The Red Squirrel Stable  grace BIG LIT with a diverse range of readings from new publications  - former Federation of Writers, Makar, ‘Sheila Templeton from her collection ‘Gaitherin,’, Hazel Buchann Cameron from Cutting Letters and  David Costello from No Need for Candles. 

Saturday 22nd 1.30 – 2.30   The Franca Bruno Shop    Lunch £6.95

Chik will tell a story or two and perform some poyums from his book “A Load of  Young Nonsense”.  In the second half of the show, both children and adults will get a chance to write some verse of their own; silly verse or nonsense verse, you decide. Best for 5-10 year-olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult and imagination.

2.00 – 3.00  The Drop-in  Free Tickets

 

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Brian Johnstone discusses the experience of discovering unknown siblings in his first prose book Double Exposure. Rich in nostalgia for the post-war years, it explores the many reasons why he was never entrusted with the truth. A touching story of family secrets and unexpected revelations, the memoir vividly evokes the author’s ’50s upbringing, but pulls no punches on the social conventions of the time.

 ‘A memoir not of misery but of love deflected and deferred.’ – James Robertson

Saturday 22nd 3.00-4.00   The Mill on the Fleet    £5.00

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VIRGINIA WOOLF on life, art and buying suspenders:  an illustrated presentation by Karin Fernald

In her  famous novel TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, Virginia Woolf  investigates the  fears of a young woman artist faced with a blank canvas.  “How to begin?  At what point to make the first mark?” 

Entertainingly frank confessions in Woolf’s diaries reveal the embarrassments of a respectable London lady in the 1920’s. “I hate buying clothes.  In particular I hate buying suspenders....”   And she has the courage to confront  the vital question “Am I a Snob?” (Her answer is YES! )  With paintings by Vanessa Bell, Walter Sickert, and other members of the Camden Group of Artists.

Saturday 22nd 4.30 – 5.30    The Mill on the Fleet    £8.00

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Leonard Cohen is known to millions as the composer of ‘Hallelujah’, a bona fide modern classic, but his musical and literary legacy goes far deeper than this song.  In tribute to the life and work of one of the most celebrated poets of modern times, join musicians Alan McClure, Denise Brownlee and Chris Blantern and readers Chrys Salt and Peter Marinker for an intimate journey through the words and music of a complex and fascinating man.  Love, sex, death, and conflict, explored with unflinching honesty and bleak humour.

Saturday 22nd 7.30- 9.30    The Mill on The Fleet    £8.00

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John Blandy is a landscape painter, and works in pastel on site. This remarkable film brings together a sequence of pastels painted over many days and in all seasons between 2003 and 2004 

Blandy works towards the idea by making extended series following particular places over long periods. Three current projects are ‘Follow a lime tree’ in Queens Park started in 1997, ‘Seacourt’ a stream near Oxford and ‘Hornbeam’ an iconic tree in Wytham Wood.  

www.johnblandy.co.uk

April 20 – 23   The Mill on the Fleet    Free

Original and extraordinary text-related art work on exhibition and for sale

in The Bakehouse Studio by seven talented and innovative artists from

Intertwine - Galloway Textile Collective - comprised of professional textile artists, living and working in Dumfries & Galloway.

April 20 – 23  10.30 – 4.30   

The Bakehouse Studio