BIG LIT Launch Pad celebrates the launch of Southlight  27- the region’s literature magazine.  It features new writing in poetry, prose, essay and photographs, from inside Dumfries and Galloway and far beyond. Come and read if you are a contributor, meet the editors or just collect your crisp new copy.

10.00-11.00  The Mill on the Fleet   Free

George Szirtes: What We See, What We write: 

A writers’ workshop with Georges Szirtes

This workshop focuses on our response to images as visual sources ranging from paintings and drawings through to photographs and film. How do these touch what Auden called our ‘auditory imagination’ or what Keats called ‘negative capability’ and so become poems rather than thoughts or opinions? Can the images we generate as words, lines, rhythms and forms lead us beyond those? Bring a selection of potential starting images with you and be prepared to share them for the length of the workshop. 

Limited to 15 places.

11.30 – 1.30  The Mill on the Fleet  £15.00 
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Strangeness and Charm: Music For the Book of Deer

Inspired by the extraordinary tenth century Aberdeenshire gospel book, The Book of Deer, widely regarded as the earliest manuscript produced in Scotland, composer Richard Ingham leads an hour of plainsong, reels and electronic soundscapes. Made in Scotland Award for Fringe 2014

A sonic rollercoaster with bells. Featuring Strangeness and Charm, with Richard Ingham (reeds), Maarten Verbraeken (trumpet), Fraser Burke (keyboard), Kenny Irons (bass), Andy James (percussion). 

“Ingham’s potent saxophone, intensifying the poignancy of this species of Highland lament to searing effect.” – Herald

2.00 – 3.00  Gatehouse Parish Church  £8.00 

The Feral Choir

The Feral Choir is known across the region for beautiful and atmospheric concerts that weave songs and words together.  In this designated Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 The Feral Choir has put together a programme of songs and readings that celebrate both Galloway’s long seafaring history and the beauty of its coastline. The choir is pleased to be joined by actress Liz Kettle as reader for the event.  

3.45 - 4.45  Gatehouse Parish Church  £8.00

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020