Sunday July 21st

Vivien Jones – Southlight 35 Launch

A chance to hear a selection of locally based writers give brief readings of their new work appearing in the 35th edition of Dumfries and Galloway’s leading creative magazine, alongside the publication’s three editors. Always a buzz, stimulating sparky conversation between writers and audience.

11.00-12.00  The Mill on the Fleet, Faed Gallery  Free event

Susi Briggs, Angus Macmillan, Clare Phillips – Drunk Muse Press

A one-hour showcase of leading Scottish literary talent from Dumfries and Galloway in the three native languages of Scotland. Featuring three compelling poets and chaired by editor Hugh McMillan, this event will include work in Scots, Gaelic and English from highly entertaining writers whose words insist on wider attention. Raw, radical and readable, Scottish independent publisher Drunk Muse Press prides itself on bringing new voices to the literary scene in Scotland.

Susi Briggs is an author, storyteller, performance poet and musician from Dumfries and Galloway. Passionate about Scots language literacy, Susi writes songs, poetry and picture books. She is the newly appointed Scots Scriever for Dumfries & Galloway with the National Library of Scotland.
Angus Macmillan was born in Lewis and is a native Gaelic speaker. He has worked in Dumfries and the south west of Scotland as a clinical psychologist.  Angus has been a co-editor of the literary magazine Southlight since its inception.
Clare Phillips Originally from England, each of Clare’s moves has taken her further and deeper into northern Britain’s outlying languages and landscapes. Clare writes with a keen awareness of the real things in life and the often stark polarities posed by separation, love and sexuality.
Hugh McMillan Hailing from rural Galloway, Hugh is well published, anthologised and broadcast poet, writer and performer who continues to live in and celebrate southwest Scotland in all its richness and diversity. In 2021 he was appointed editor of the Scottish Poetry Library’s anthology, Best Scottish Poems and was also chosen to be a Saltire Society judge for Best Scottish Poetry Collection of the Year. His cult classic, McMillan’s Galloway, was reprinted in paperback form in May 2023

2.00-3.00pm  The Mill on the Fleet, Faed Gallery  £5.00

Cairn Chorus – Galloway Sangstream

Tapping into the rich cultural heritage and vibrant artistic performers of this area, local community choir Cairn Chorus and guest collaborators have created an exciting multi-media project for 2024, featuring music, words, soundscapes and images inspired by our environment. Penpont’s finest, Hugh McMillan, will act as raconteur through the performance. 

Formed in 2007 and rehearsing in Moniaive, there are no auditions so everyone can join regardless of ability, experience or background. The choir’s concerts feature a band of local and amateur and professional players, and programmes are put together in collaboration with members and the musical director, often focusing on a theme, such as hope and justice, connection and separation, and nature. The choir regularly takes part in community events and festivals and, for larger scale projects, often commissions songs and other inputs from regionally based composers, installation artists, writers, poets and others. 

4.00-5.00  Gatehouse Parish Church  £10.00