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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries and Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland ... click on a month to get started

August 2016

filmThroughout Augustrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

exhibitionUntil 3rd September 2016THE SUMMER EXHIBITION
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
Jane Blair - Highland’This annual exhibition is a wonderful mix of gallery favourites, alongside some of Scotland’s most celebrated fine artists, whilst introducing some new artists to the gallery. This year guarantees not to disappoint, with some really exciting artists and a varied mix of subject matter and style, now spread over two floors. Artists include Rosanne Barr, Jane Blair, Ruth Brownlee, Michelle Campbell, Dronma, Marion Drummond, Victoria Foster, John Halliday, Stewart Lammie, Moy Mackay, Fiona Millar, Louise O'Hara, Deborah Phillips, Tracy Rees & Sian Smith.
Also includes new collections: Glass by Bobbie Coleman, Jewellery by Julie Allison & Diana Greenwood; Ceramics by Debbie Barber & Selborne Potter; Wooden Bowls & Lights by Tom Cooper; Furniture by Rustique Interiors; Sculpture by Karen James & Urpu Sellar; Willow baskets & Sculpture by Trevor Leat; Verdigris Copper & found object assemblages by Linda Lovatt; textiles by Jo Gallant and ongoing collections from a wide range of artists and makers.
Tel: 01557 330223

exhibitionUntil 2nd September 2016Lost and Found
Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm @ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
An exhibition of art and sculpture featuring works created using found and recycled items. Assemblage, shadow boxes, metal sculpture and collage alongside embroidery and message dolls, various national and local artists.
Items are available to buy and entry is free .

outdoorEvery day August & September 2016 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 22nd August:

family eventTuesday 23rd August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

family eventWednesday 24th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherWednesday 24th August ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING? Funding Roadshows ...
11.30am -1pm @ Fernhill Hotel - Heugh Road, Portpatrick, DG9 8TD
Are you a community group or organisation? Do you run a small rural business? Are you a farmer looking to diversify?
Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme is a European Rural Development programme that can support local community groups and organisations, small rural businesses and farm diversification projects from right across Dumfries and Galloway.
This series of funding roadshows will be facilitated by a member of the D&G LEADER Team and will give an overview of the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which launched for Expressions of Interest in September 2014 and is now open for applications!
If you are considering applying to LEADER to support your project idea or have recently submitted an online Expression of Interest and have some specific questions - come along and meet the team, get an overview of the LEADER programme and ask any questions you may have.
If you are planning on attending any of the roadshow events PLEASE REGISTER as lack of interest may result in this roadshow being cancelled.
If you have any queries, or cannot make this event - please contact the LEADER Team: 01387 260028 or email dgleaderteam@dumgal.gov.uk

musicThursday 25th August MARTIN STURFALT, PIANO
7:30pm @ Crichton Church, Dumfries
An Absolute Classics Concert
Programme:
Johan Helmich Roman, Suite no.2 in D Major Elfrida Andrée, Five Slight Tone-Pictures op.7 Anders Nilsson, Chaconne (UK premiere) Beethoven, Sonata no.29 in B-flat Major op.106 "Hammerklavier"
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book Now

otherFriday 26th August ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING? Funding Roadshows ...
10am - 11.30am @ Annan Town Hall - Annan, DG12 6AQ
Are you a community group or organisation? Do you run a small rural business? Are you a farmer looking to diversify?
Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme is a European Rural Development programme that can support local community groups and organisations, small rural businesses and farm diversification projects from right across Dumfries and Galloway.
This series of funding roadshows will be facilitated by a member of the D&G LEADER Team and will give an overview of the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which launched for Expressions of Interest in September 2014 and is now open for applications!
If you are considering applying to LEADER to support your project idea or have recently submitted an online Expression of Interest and have some specific questions - come along and meet the team, get an overview of the LEADER programme and ask any questions you may have.
If you are planning on attending any of the roadshow events PLEASE REGISTER as lack of interest may result in this roadshow being cancelled.
If you have any queries, or cannot make this event - please contact the LEADER Team: 01387 260028 or email dgleaderteam@dumgal.gov.uk

outdoorFriday 26th to Monday 29th August Dalbeattie Walking Festival
Annual walking festival exploring the beautiful setting of Dalbeattie. The festival offers a variety of woodland walks, hill walks, points of interest and a family friendly event. There is a broad range of walks and activities from Easy to Strenuous, with something for everyone to encourage you into the 'great outdoors in this wonderful part of Scotland'.
There is a £2 per adult charge per walk charged at the walk start point, accompanied children are free and you are welcome to bring along your dog.

Dalbeattie Walking Festival 2016

readingSaturday 27th August ANDY JACKSON
7.30 – 9.00 @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet. DG7 2HP
Andy Jackson is a Salford-born poet who has lived in Scotland for 25 years. He says his work ‘is mainly drawn from the sweepings-up on the poetry floor, focusing as it does on blood transfusions, airports, fingerprinters, dentists and dogging. Andy also runs web-based poetry projects including Otwituaries, New Boots and Pantisocracies (with W N Herbert) and Scotia Extremis (with Brian Johnstone). He has authored two collections, A Beginner’s Guide To Cheating (Red Squirrel Press) and edited several volumes of poetry inspired by film and television
The Bakehouse hosts regular poetry readings featuring internationally acclaimed writers – America ( with Ryan Van Winkle last month) Australia ( with Ross Donlon the month before), and of course others from closer to home. We also offer regular intimate and friendly opportunity for folks to share their work in our popular OPEN MIKE SESSIONS. Aka The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate.
COME AND MAKE A SONG AND DANCE, PUNT A POEM OR TWO, PLAY A FINE TUNE – OUR OPEN SPOTS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER. ALL GENRES WELCOME.
Tickets £5.00. To Book: chrys@chryssalt.com or 01557 814175

musicSaturday 27th August Claire Hastings in concert
7.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
The Devil’s Porridge Museum is hosting a concert by local folk singer/songwriter Claire Hastings. Earlier this year Claire released her debut album, ‘Between River and Railway’ which features the track ‘The Gretna Girls’, inspired by a trip Claire made to The Devil’s Porridge Museum.
Claire is an award winning musician, winning the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2015. Since then Claire has gone on to perform in the BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Come along and witness a musical delight in the unique setting of The Devil’s Porridge Museum, which tells the inspiring story of HM Factory Gretna, Britain’s greatest munitions factory established during WWI, and the incredible women who worked there.
Tickets are available from The Devil’s Porridge Museum, priced at £10.
Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to book contact the museum on 01461 700021 or email info@devilsporridge.org.uk

otherSunday 28th August Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 29th August:

otherTuesday 30th August ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING? Funding Roadshows ...
10:30am - 12:00 noon @ Kirkcudbright Council Chamber, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright
Are you a community group or organisation? Do you run a small rural business? Are you a farmer looking to diversify?
Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme is a European Rural Development programme that can support local community groups and organisations, small rural businesses and farm diversification projects from right across Dumfries and Galloway.
This series of funding roadshows will be facilitated by a member of the D&G LEADER Team and will give an overview of the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which launched for Expressions of Interest in September 2014 and is now open for applications!
If you are considering applying to LEADER to support your project idea or have recently submitted an online Expression of Interest and have some specific questions - come along and meet the team, get an overview of the LEADER programme and ask any questions you may have.
If you are planning on attending any of the roadshow events PLEASE REGISTER as lack of interest may result in this roadshow being cancelled.
If you have any queries, or cannot make this event - please contact the LEADER Team: 01387 260028 or email dgleaderteam@dumgal.gov.uk

family eventTuesday 30th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

family eventWednesday 31st August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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September 2016

Week Commencing Monday 29th August:

musicFriday 2nd September Magic of The Beatles
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Join the authoritative live concert show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yesterday!
1966 saw Lennon and McCartney come of age as songwriters: the Beatles' 11th EP, Yesterday, and seventh studio album Revolver both topping the charts.
The Magic of the Beatles returns us to this golden era, and more. Taking you from the Beatles' Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond. From Love Me Do to Let It Be.
Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish Magical Musical trip back to Yesterday.
Yesterday with The Magic of the Beatles celebrates the most exciting time in pop music history live and in concert. . .
Tickets: £19.50, www.easterbrookhall.co.uk

otherSaturday 3rd September 17th Robert Burns Piping Contest
@ Main Hall, Dumfries Academy, Academy Street, Dumfries
Piping contest for young bagpipers under the age of 21 years. Entries close 31st August 2016.
Admission to hall - £3.00. Entry to contest £4 per class.
Entry forms available from organizer or College of Piping website, www.collegeofpiping.org/

otherSunday 4th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

musicSunday 4th September LISA MCHUGH
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Glasgow born, Lisa McHugh grew up in a house resonating to the sound of Irish Country Music from people like Daniel O’Donnell, Philomena Begley and Alan Jackson who her Irish-born parents were fans of. At a young age Lisa developed a liking for the music and after moving to Ireland a few years ago entered an Irish TV talent show which inspired her to form a band and tour the country. With four albums to her credit, two series of presenting Lisa on the road on Irish TV and multiple awards, her career continues to blossom.
Tickets: £20.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

Week Commencing Monday 5th September:

outdoor Monday 5th September – Friday 9th September Stars & Stripes Badger Watching
8pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch wild badgers feeding just outside our comfortable observatory. Fair trade tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Adults: £7.50, Concession £5, Children £2.50. Booking is essential. Tickets must be paid for in advance.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherFriday 9th September Runner vs Rider
10am @ Barstobrick
Free event held by and in aid of local RDA Machars group. Raffle, stalls and a cafe on-site.
Come join in the fun for a good cause

otherSaturday 10th September Soul of WoMen Europe Conference
Speakers, lunch and workshop from 11pm-6pm @ Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, Auldgirth, DG2 0RY
Conference aim: To inspire and encourage participants to explore ways to actively co-create a new, gender-balanced world Guest speakers include Mhairi Black MP, the youngest member of the House of Commons, Dr Jude Currivan, international author, healer and cosmologist, Asma Khalifa, peace activist and Luxembourg Peace Prize Winner 2016, John Nicholls, Youth Work Director at LGBT Scotland, and Sesto Giovanni Castagnoli, evolutant and founding president of the WSF World Spirit Forum, with Gabriele Castagnoli, founder of oralab - the couple are on an indefinite pilgrimage into society after having given away all their belongings.
Email soulofwomen.allanton @ gmail.com for ticket info.

otherSunday 11th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

otherSunday 11th September 18th International World Peace Festival
2pm - 6pm @ Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, Auldgirth, DG2 0RY
An event for the whole family. Includes 'the World Peace Flag Ceremony' - sending 'peace' to all the countries of the world through the symbolism of their flag and featuring the Allanton Peace choir; local live music; walled garden; Fairtrade Group cafe; info and stalls and much more.
Free entry and parking.

Week Commencing Monday 12th September:

musicThursday 15th September BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles. Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!” “Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One
Tickets: £16.50 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

comedyFriday 16th September Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

otherFriday 16th - Sunday 18th September Mellow Fruitfulness Festival
Various venues @ Dalswinton in Dumfries and Galloway - DG2 0XY
The Mellow Fruitfulness festival will celebrate autumn in music, song, the spoken word and on foot with free unticketed talks and discussions on a number of autumnal themes as well as a walk through the magnificent Dalswinton Estate. A series of concerts in Dalswinton Village Hall and the Barony Church will feature Robin Williamson; Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett of Moishe’s Bagel; and Matthew McAllister and Aisling Agnew. There is also the chance for the region’s musicians to showcase their talents in a free open mic café.
On Friday, 16 September
Dr David Borthwick of the University of Glasgow will open the festival with a talk and discussion on Mellow Fruitfulness and the Romantics in Dalswinton Village Hall from 2pm. There will be teas and refreshments for sale during the event.
This will be followed by the first of three evening concerts which sees the return of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, storyteller and founder of the Incredible String Band, Robin Williamson at 8pm.
On Saturday, 17 September
Free open mic café when performers of all styles and all ages are welcome to come along to the village hall and showcase their musical talents on the theme of autumn from 12pm to 2pm. Light lunches and refreshments will be on sale.
At 3pm, also in the hall, Colin Crosbie, former curator of RHS Wisley, plantsman and Dalswinton resident, will lead a talk and discussion on Mellow Fruitfulness in the Garden. Entrance is free and teas and refreshments will be on sale.
The Saturday evening sees a concert by Moishe’s Bagel members Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett. They will be performing a violin and accordion repertoire of fusion, folk, and much more.
Sunday, 18 September
The festival moves to the Dalswinton Barony Church when Prof Clark will give a free talk and discussion on Mellow Fruitfulness and Death at 10.30am. He is Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Glasgow’s Crichton Campus and also a Wellcome Trust Investigator, specialising in end of life issues.
Dalswinton Estate owners Peter and Sarah Landale will lead a free guided Mellow Fruitfulness walk through their magnificent grounds at 12.30pm, starting at and returning to the village hall.
The festival ends with a concert by one of the world’s leading flute and guitar duos. Matthew McAllister and Aisling Agnew will perform classical, traditional and contemporary pieces on guitar and flute in the beautiful Barony Church at 3pm.
Tickets from the Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, 01387 253383 or book online; Thomas Tosh, East Morton Street, Thornhill, 01848 331 553; or telephone 01387 740045. No tickets are needed for the talks or walk.

otherSunday 18th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

outdoorSunday 18th September Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about 3 miles south of Kirkcudbright.
Impressive five acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials hydrangeas and rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay.
Admission £4. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 19th September:

theatreWednesday 21st - Saturday 24th September CATS - STRANRAER DRAMA CLUB JUNIORS
7.00PM (2.00PM on Saturday) @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
A Youth Group production by arrangement with The really Useful Group Ltd.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T S Eliot
Tickets £9.50 Adult/£8.00 child/ £32.00 Family (2 Adult + 2 Child)
Tickets available from Reid's Hardware from 8 September.

otherSunday 25th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 26th September:

musicWednesday 28th September DEREK RYAN
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Derek Ryan became a sell out artist in his homeland Ireland and has topped the country’s national charts and the UK iTunes country charts with his albums and singles. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his studio albums including many of his own self-penned songs, ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Life Is A River’ and ‘Hold on to your Hat’ as well as music from his latest Nashville recorded album ‘This Is Me’
He is a constant recipient of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards and is regularly awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and “Album of the Year’. The County Carlow songwriter has had his songs recorded by the likes of Daniel O’Donnell and Foster Allen amongst others.
Derek has been credited as one of the people instrumental in reinvigorated Irish Country Music by opening it to a new young audience.
Tickets: £21.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

otherWednesday 28th September Dumfries Get Together Open Night
@ Aberdour Hotel, Newall Terrace, Dumfries
Dumfries Get Together invites ladies over 35 to come along to our open night to find out more about Dumfries Get Together and its activities and to meet some of the members. Its all about having fun.
get.together @ live.co.uk

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October 2016

theatreThursday 6th October DEMOCRACY
7.30PM @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Tickets: £12.00 / £10.00 under 26 years - Box Office: 01776 703 535

musicWednesday 12th October DOMINIC KIRWAN
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Tickets: £21.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

comedyFriday 14th October Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

Event listings are FREE - just email us the details ...

November 2016

comedyFriday 11th November Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

other15th - 17th November 2016. 3-day Residential Writing Course at Durhamhill
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day Residential Writing Course at DurhamhillSet in tranquil and stunning Galloway countryside, whether you are starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is the opportunity to discover your writing potential. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith. They are well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There will be ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was a visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day', was published in 2012. Her novel, 'No More Mulberries', is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years. 'Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman', a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

Testimonials from past participants:-
• 'superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings' Frances H.
• 'a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M
• 'valuable, intense, worthwhile' Ian B.
• 'neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing' Una C.
• 'we all came away better writers' Roger W

Course Fee:
£295 (includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or the main house, & food, arrival from preceding evening)
Limited number of places available for non-residents. Fee £250 including food

To Book: Web Site | Tel. Juliet on 07843 476862

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December 2016

comedyFriday 2nd December Christmas Comedy Night
6.30pm for 7pm @ Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Christmas Comedy night at the Cairndale includes 2 course festive dinner and coffee, live entertainment from a selection of comedians and disco til late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel, £25

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