AS THE WOMEN LAY DREAMING: Donald S Murray with Gaelic singer Ceitlin Smith

May 1st  11.15 – 12.15 : The Mezzanine, Kirkcudbright Galleries : £8

On 1st January 1919 the HMY Iolaire sank in Stornoway Harbour, killing over 200 servicemen on their way home from war. What effect does this tragic event have on the life of an imaginary survivor, Tormod Morrison, who twenty years later struggles to cope with the death of his daughter and its impact on her two children, Alasdair and Rachel?

‘It’s the kind of book you want to read again as soon as you finish it, because you know there is so much that will be revealed on that second reading; the kind of novel which can enrich your life.’ (Alan Massie, The Scotsman).

Award-winning Gaelic singer Ceitlin Smith has performed at festivals and events world wide.


MINING SENSE MEMORY - A Writers workshop with Janis MacKay

May 1st 2.30 – 4.00 The Mezzanine, Kirkcudbright Galleries  £15.00

Janis Mackay is an award-winning children’s novelist, storyteller and creative writing tutor.  She teaches creative writing at Edinburgh University.   She will facilitate a session entitled ‘Mining sense memory’ where participants are invited to remember things such as the sounds and smells of their childhood, and transform these into a piece of writing.

Limited to 15 participants. 

Booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01557 814175


May 1st  8.00 – 9.30pm : The Mill on the Fleet 

Prize-winning Galloway poet Donald Adamson launches his new poetry pamphlet ‘All Coming Back’ (Roncadora Press) illustrated by Dumfries artist Hugh Bryden.  

‘Donald’s writing combines gravitas with impish humour, and sensitivity with intelligence.’  (Martin Bates)

With smooth jazz from maestro Geoff Keating, open mic contributions from the floor and  tasters of things to come - strut your stuff, poetical, musical or theatrical - anything to entertain or amuse.


Free (but donations to The Mill welcome)