Friday, January 19, 2007

Southlight Issue 2 Out Now

The latest arrival on Scotland's literary magazine scene, Southlight, is out now from the team at Crichton Campus. Issue Two features work from Gillian Allnut, Judi Benson, Donald S Murray and Andre Mangeot, a recent winner in the inaugural Wigtown Poetry Competition.

Copies are available from Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, or contact Angus MacMillan.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Introduction to Screenwriting Express

The Writers Factory:
‘Introduction to Screen Writing Express’
with Eleanor Yule

10-11, 17-18 February

A four-day course designed for anyone looking to explore their story-telling instincts, study the craft of screenwriting and develop an idea into a short screenplay. Designed by Phil Parker in partnership with the UK Film Council, the course aims to improve the quality of British screenwriting at grassroots level. The course has been running successfully throughout the UK since 2004, and this is the first time that it will run in Dumfries and Galloway. The course will take place over two weekends (10-11th, 17th-18th February), and will be lead by award-winning writer/director Eleanor Yule (‘Blinded’). The course fees are £175.00 and will be held at the Gracefield Arts Centre and the Robert Burns Centre. Book early to avoid disappointment.

For further information and an application form, please email or call 01387 263094 or visit

Burns Night at the Bakehouse

Saturday January 27th
7.00 for 7.30pm

The Bakehouse presents...
Gerry Cambridge

Gerry Cambridge has published three full-length poetry collections: The Shell House, Madame Fifi's Farewell and Nothing But Heather, a collection of poems accompanying his own wildlife photographs, written while Writer in Residence at Brownsbank Cottage, Hugh MacDiarmid's former home. He also plays a mean harmonica!

Dianne Stafford
Dianne has set a series of poems by Bakehouse favourite Josephine Neill to the clarsach with some of Rabbie’s too! Not to mention our usual Bakehouse Floor spots...

Tickets £8.00 (£7.00 concs) includes a hot toddy and haggis nibbles.
To book ring 01557 814196 or email or

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Flash Fiction Podcast Now Online

You can now hear ten top stories from the 2006 Flash Fiction competition online in the DGAA podcast at Thanks to the presenters at Southwest Sound Radio for doing a sterling production job and reading with panache and passion.

Listen out also for three monologues recorded for Hamish MacDonald, the Robert Burns Writing Fellow, and poetry in English, Scots and Gaelic by 13 of the region's leading poets.

Flash Fiction competition winner Sally Jordan receiving her prize from artist Andrew Foley