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. 

15 places

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 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.

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