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This is the first of the SPL’s new national outreach and info events and we’re delighted it’s happening here at The Stove, Dumfries’s town centre community arts hub. Come along, learn about the SPL’s history, resources, opportunities and events and become a SPL Friend on the night! There will be readings from four D&G writers – poet and performer Kat Edwards, poet and storyteller Hugh McMillan, poet and playwright Tom Murray and poet Clare Phillips. The evening will be hosted by poet, High Street Writers group leader and SPL Board member Stuart Paterson. It’s free, all welcome, bring your own bottle, please come along, learn about and join one of Scotland’s most vibrant, unique arts organisations.
Kat is from Dumfries and her writing and performances in Scots are gaining increasing plaudits. ‘The Floatin Schuil’ was written with support from The Stove’s ‘Creative Futures’ project which has also enabled Kat to carry out workshops in many local primary schools. Kat is a member of The Stove’s High Street Writers group.
Hugh McMillan is a well published, award winning poet and writer who lives in Nithsdale ‘The Conversation of Sheep,’ a collaboration with a local shepherd, Michael Robertson, was published by Luath Press in 2018. Other books published by Luath include ‘Not Actually Being in Dumfries’, ‘McMillan’s Galloway’ and ‘Heliopolis’.
Tom Murray is a poet, playwright and fiction writer now based in Dumfries. He has published a poetry collection ‘The Future is Behind You’ and has had many poems published in magazines in Scotland and beyond. Tom is a member of The Stove’s High Street Writers group.
The SPL was a judge at the 2019 Wigtown Poetry Festival where Clare was this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice award winner. Published poet Clare is inspired by ‘everything that lasts and everything that falls away’. To quote a recent poem called ‘Finding the Statue’, she writes that ‘what’s left of us is stone’. Clare lives and writes in Galloway.