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.

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