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April 2014

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

exhibitionUntil SATURDAY 26th APRIL 2014Archie Sutter Watt RSW, Dreaming of New AbbeyEXHIBITION: Kaleidoscope
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ The Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DU

An exhibition to kickstart the galleries ten year anniversary celebrations, featuring the work of an artist who was a large influence when The Whitehouse Gallery first opened its doors in 2004. 
A collection of unseen original work by the late Archie Sutter Watt RSW will be on show, with new work by Victor Henderson,  Alison McWhirter and Valerie Sadler.
There will also be new collections of applied art and craft including an array of ceramic artists, as well as textiles, jewellery, sculpture and much more.

CONTACT: info@whitehousegallery.com   | 01557 330223

Week Commencing Monday 14th April:

otherThursday 17th through to Sunday April 20thVictorian Tearoom and History Tour
11am till 4pm @ Crossmichael & Parton Parish Church, near Castle Douglas
E njoy tea and cakes while admiring the historic architecture and learning more about the adventurous, the brave, the crazy and the heroic exploits of the characters who have made the church and the village such an incredible part of Galloway history.
Everyone is welcome and groups can book in advance if they would like tables reserved. Contact Ahrlene Fuller on 07818 364204.

otherThursday 17th April“The History & Wildlife of Lochar Moss” – Peter Norman
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

musicThursday 17th April Hear the People Sing!
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
A Gala Concert celebrating Les Miserables and the world’s most popular musicals.
Past members of the West End production of Les Miserables, The Westenders draw on that show’s passion and music to create an inspired evening featuring all your favourites, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Hairspray, Evita and many more.
£17.50/£16 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

theatreFriday 18th & Saturday 19th MayThe Nose
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR
Bruiser Theatre Company | Based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol
Alexey Kovaliov, a government bureaucrat, awakens one morning horrified to discover that his nose has run off ! He wanders the streets searching for his lost nose when, by chance, he spots his nose dressed as a high-ranking government official...
Tickets £10
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

otherSaturday 19th - Tuesday 22nd April 2014ance Classes and an exploration of Margaret Morris' improvisation techniques in Dumfries and GallowayMMM Scotland Residential 2014
@ Kilquhanity Centre - Castle Douglas - Dumfries & Galloway - DG7 3DB
In the 1940s Margaret Morris held a summer school in the rural region of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. In 2014 MMM Scotland will host a residential dance course at the same location-Kilquhanity. The course will encompass several aspects of Margaret Morris Movement and will include classes in MMM Colours, variations, Dance Classes and an exploration of Margaret Morris' improvisation techniques based on her writings in “Creation in Dance and Life”.The course will have the air of Biggin Hill with everyone dancing together in the one dance studio, which is a converted stable with heated wooden floor. Chantal Breavoine (MMM France) will be our guest Teacher.
Please visit www.kilquhanity-centre.co.uk for detailed description of venue.
For further information about this course please email sara.lockwood@sky.com or phone 01556 612854.

otherSunday 20th AprilCar Boot, Bric a Brac & Curios Sale
@ Kirkconnel Hall Hotel, Lockerbie
All welcome - Buyers & Sellers.....All proceeds received by hotel will be donated to Cancer Research UK

Week Commencing Monday 21st April:

theatreWednesday 23rd AprilA Slow Air
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Morna and Atholl are brother and sister but they haven't spoken to each other for 15 years. Now Morna's son, Joshua, is turning 21 and he's planning a party. It's going to be a night to remember! A play by David Harrower, the Olivier Award winning writer of Blackbird, Knives in Hens and Ciara.
Tickets £12/£10(conc) - Box Office- 01776 703535

musicWednesday 23rd April Mike Denver
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Mike Denver has been on the road for over a decade and during that time he has firmly established himself as one of Ireland’s top country singing attractions.
Supported by the popular Irish singer Caitlin.
£18 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

otherSaturday 26th AprilGalloway Kite Trail Feeding Station - Open Day
1pm - 4pm @ Bellymack Hill Farm, Laurieston, Castle Douglas, DG7 2PJ
RSPB Scotland Come and join in the frenzy!
At Bellymack Hill Farm, join us for the spring open day of the Galloway Kite Trail Feeding Station. You can enjoy watching the stunning red kites attending their daily feed, and be amazed as they congregate in large numbers.
You can also learn about the conservation work surrounding this bird of prey, and there will also be plenty of family activities to take part in, including a scavenger hunt, facepainting and tombola.
For more information contact Calum Murray on 01555 670464 or at calum.murray@rspb.org.uk

otherSaturday 26th AprilJ L Williams
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
A rising star of the Scottish scene, American poet JL Williams' celebrates the recent publication of her second Shearsman collection Locust and Marlin exploring the idea of home and where we come from. Her first collection, Condition of Fire (Shearsman), was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and a journey to the Aeolian Islands
She has been published in journals across the UK and been translated into Dutch, Spanish, French and Greek. She plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library.
AND OF COURSE.......
The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate aka our regular Bakehouse floor spots open to all
Tickets £5.00 - To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

musicSaturday 26th April Family Ceilidh
7:30pm @ Tynron Parish Hall.
Come along and dance to a Live Band.  Organised by the Tynron Ceilidh Club . 
Finger food provided at break; bring your own bottle.
£5 adults, £2 Child at school. All welcome

musicSaturday 26th April The Sweet Lowdown
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Canadian trio, The Sweet Lowdown can take you anywhere you want to go, from a sunny front porch to the outer reaches of the universe. Blending original song writing and three part harmonies with an old time instrumental groove this award winning acoustic roots trio from Victoria BC, creates a unique yet timeless sound that takes listeners on a pleasurable and memorable journey.
£14/£12 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

craftSunday 27th AprilExperimental Needle Felting
10am -3pm @ Heathhall Bowling Club, Barnett Road, Heathhall, Dumfries DG1 3RU
Experimental Needle Felting: Adding embroidery and embellishments to your needle felting. Explores different techniques for needle felting as well as wet felting and using silks,cotton etc to create texture. Cost of the course is £25 and includes all materials and refreshments.
For further details visit www.solwaywoolscapes.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 28th April:

otherWednesdays 30 april and 28 may 2014Shimmyshakers Presents Egyptian Bellydance Workshops
7 - 9pm @ Crocketford Village Hall, DG2 8RA (opposite village shop)
Three special evening egyptian bellydance workshops - core, development, and beyond
Heard of bellydance or seen bellydancers and fancied having a go? Come along to find out more. This ancient, fun and social dance is a good way to keep your body fit and toned and can also help to alleviate stress in both mind and body. It is a great way to make new friends and enjoy a fun, low impact way of exercising.
Suitable for everyone regardless of whether you have danced before – this is a dance for all.
We are running 3 sessions in total but you can come along to any or all of them.
All welcome! (Minimum age 16 - or 14 if accompanied by a participating adult)
£20 per workshop or £50 all three - Please pay & book in advance
Further details and application form from: shimmyshakers@gmx.co.uk or tel. 01387 820558 (pat) / 01557 332345 (ebby)

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May 2014

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

musicThursday 1st May Motor City Memories
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Featuring the sounds of The Supremes with Karen Ragland from the 70’sand 80’s Supremes and former lead singer of the Temptations and The Drifters, Louis Price. 2 hours of non-stop Detroit Motown and Soul with live band.
£17.50/£15 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

BooksFriday 2nd - Sunday 25th MayWhisky, Words & Wisdom... Wigtown & Bladnoch
... an insight on uisge beatha (water of life) at Bladnoch, 'Spirit of the Lowlands' and Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.
As Scotland welcomes the world we would like to invite everyone to Wigtown Spring Festival’s special celebration, a spirited programme of whisky, words and wisdom blended together by Bladnoch Distillery and the booksellers of Scotland’s National Booktown.”
Various prices and venues.
Tickets available from Box Office on 01988 402036 or by post (Wigtown Festival Office, County Buildings, Wigtown DG8 9JH).

musicSaturday 3rd May Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography and inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour – all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance.
£18/£15/£10 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

Week Commencing Monday 5th May:

otherWednesday 7th May“Ready Steady Freeze”- Helen Fenby - Cream o’ Galloway
7 - 9pm @ Richard Greenhow Centre, Gretna.
Will you be chosen to make a new flavour?
A Gretna General Interest Group (GIG) presentation.
Entry is free for members - visitors £2 includes refreshments.
New members and visitors are always welcome

theatreThursday 8 MayWojtek the Bear
Wojtek the Bear7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Theatre Objektiv's award winning production tells the extraordinary story of Wojtek, the Polish soldier bear, who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo.

A man mothers a bear. An emotive journey, from the Soviet Gulag and Persia to the Middle East, Italy and Scotland. A story of love and loyalty, heroism and hope. With Wojtek and his "mother", Polish soldier Piotr, a Gulag survivor, we travel through war and peace. The journey takes us from a war-torn Poland, through the Soviet slave camps and the Middle East, into the battle of Monte Cassino and, finally, to post-war Scotland.

Tickets £10 / £8.50 (conc) - Box Office- 01776 703535

musicThursday 8th May Dominic Kirwan
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
2014 sees one of the most dynamic and best loved entertainers that Ireland has ever produced take to the road for his much anticipated 25th Anniversary Tour.
£18.50/£17 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

otherSunday 11th MayMississippi Family Fun Day
3pm @ Mississippi Bar & Grill, Dumfries
- Fun for all the family, games, food, drink, face painting, games and more. PLUS Showcase Wrestling superstar and nephew of British wrestling legend Giant Haystacks, Haystacks Jr, will take on the Mississippi Burger Challenge, how many burgers will this behemoth of a man eat, come and take a guess?!
FREE ENTRY

theatreSunday 11th MayEuropean Arts Company presents Trials of Oscar WildeEuropean Arts Company presents Trials of Oscar Wilde
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

A dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde in 1895. Based on the original court transcripts, we see the most flamboyant character of his age in the flesh and in his own words.

The play charts his dramatic downfall with wit, humanity and high drama.

Tickets £10
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

Week Commencing Monday 12th May:

otherMonday 12th - Wednesday 14th MayResidential  Writing  Course in the Countryside
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Durhamhill's writing courses are back by popular demand! This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of two experienced & widely published local tutors & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn your rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work.
Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. At Durhamhill there is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers
Margaret Elphinstone's first novel was published in 1987. Her book, 'The Sea Road', appears in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the Department of English for 18 years. She has been a Visiting Professor at central Michigan University. She has extensive experience of teaching creative writing at all levels & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon writing courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist. 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" is a lively account of her time there and provides an insight into the lives of the women she lived & worked with. Her poetry collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day' was published in 2012. As a journalist, Mary has been a senior reporter on a local paper & a staff features writer with the award-winning consumer magazine 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She continues to write features on a freelance basis. Mary has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She is the organiser of the Dumfries Writers' Group & a facilitator for a group of disabled writers.
Course fee £295, £20 discount for bookings by 28th Feb 2014. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 12 to allow ample time for individual sessions.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

gardeningTuesday 13th May“Invasive Plant Control” - Nick Chisholm & Chris Stones
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Gardening Group presentation
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome

musicWednesday 14th May Breabach
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
With their stunning vocal, bagpipes, guitar, bass, flute, mandolin, bazouki and step dance, Breabach make a welcome return to The Buccleuch bringing with them their unique musical identity and foot-stompin’ style. Don’t miss it!
£14/£12 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

otherThursday 15th May“The Work of the Forestry Commission Scotland – It’s not all about Trees!” - Robin Fuller
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

exhibition Friday 16th – Sunday 18th MayFestival of Museums
Festival of MuseumsFestival of Museums is an annual three-day treat of extraordinary, exciting and surprising events, day and night, in museums and galleries throughout the country. From Gairloch to Glasgow and the Western Isles to Wanlockhead, there’s a packed programme of rip-roaring, inspiring and unusual things going on in museums Scotland-wide. This year, explore the history of tying the knot, coorie doon tae an evening of traditional music – with tipple in hand, take part in some ‘medieval mayhem’ or even find out what a kinetic sculpture is! From little ones to big kids and young Einsteins to avid inventors, there’s something for everyone.
Come and see what Scotland’s museums have in store for you – and expect the unexpected.
View the Festival Events in Dumfries and Galloway

musicFriday 16th May A Night of Queen
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Internationally renowned Queen Tribute band The Bohemians take you back to the early 70’s through to the magic of ’86.
£16/£15 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

theatreFriday 16th MayPuccini’s Madama Butterfly
8pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Opera a la Carte, one of the UK’s leading chamber opera companies, opens the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festiva with their stunning performance of Puccini’s timeless classic Madama Butterfly.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

theatreSaturday 17th MayBell Rock presents Pirates and Mermaids
2pm and 4pm @ Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet
‘Use the time to take a deep breath and reconnect with what it really means to be told a story’ in this intimate and very personal theatre experience.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

theatreSaturday 17th MayWorbey & Farrell
7.30pm @ Fullarton Theatre, Castle Douglas
Internationally acclaimed concert pianists Worbey & Farrell combine skilled musicianship with a wicked sense of humour for a sensational evening of laughter and thrills.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSaturday 17th MayAlex Yellowlees, Hot Club Jazz Quartet
7.30pm @ Colvend Public Hall, Dalbeattie
Jazz doesn’t get much hotter than Alex Yellowlees and his band who mix scorching club jazz with Latin rhythms and Celtic gypsy flair.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSaturday 17th MayIan Sherwood
7.30pm @ Hoddam and Ecclefechan Village Hall
Traditional and stylish, award-winning contemporary master of song, Ian Sherwood, mixes catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with guitar and saxophone in a highly entertaining show.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSaturday 17th MayDalgarno Singers 40th Anniversary Concert
7.30pm @ Thornhill Church
Faure’s Requiem
Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine
Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs
Soloist: Robert Lind with the Dalgarno Singers’ Orchestra of local musicians
Tickets from members of the choir or see www.dalgarnosingers.co.uk

otherSaturday 17th MayThe Wild MyrtlesThe Wild Myrtles
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

Edinburgh's Wild Myrtles return to the Swallow to share an evening with local poets – bringing songs to inspire the spirit, sweet lullabies and songs of love.

Tickets £8
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

otherSaturday 17th May An Evening With Graham Obree - The Flying Scotsman
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
Individual beyond reproach, an innovator, an incredible athlete with an indestructible determination. Graham Obree is one of this nation’s greatest cyclists, the underdog who built his own bike from washing machine parts, trained without technology and went on to break perhaps the most prestigious record in cycling – the hour record – not once but twice. Graeme is a brilliant speaker with a truly captivating story to tell.
£15 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

theatreSunday 18th MayBell Rock presents Pirates and Mermaids
2pm and 4pm @ Thomas Tosh, Thornhill
‘Use the time to take a deep breath and reconnect with what it really means to be told a story’ in this intimate and very personal theatre experience.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherSunday 18th May An Evening With Billy Pearce
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, DG13 0AW
The Buccleuch welcomes national treasure and without doubt one of Britain’s most talented and best loved comedians, Billy Pearce. Multi Award winner Billy has won just about every comedy award in the business. Come along for an evening of guaranteed laughs.
£17/£15 - Tel: 013873 81196
Pre theatre supper available – please book

theatreSunday 18th MayA Pie, A Play and A Pint presents Voices from the Black that I Am by Karl O’Brian Williams
7.30pm @ The CatStrand, New Galloway
Òran Mór’s ground-breaking theatre programme, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, brings a brand new work to Dumfries and Galloway in this theatrical meditation of questions of blackness, gender, sexuality and nationalism.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

theatreSunday 18th MayWorbey & Farrell
7.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries
Internationally acclaimed concert pianists Worbey & Farrell combine skilled musicianship with a wicked sense of humour for a sensational evening of laughter and thrills.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSunday 18th MayIan Sherwood
7.30pm @ The Globe Inn, Dumfries
Traditional and stylish, award-winning contemporary master of song, Ian Sherwood, mixes catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with guitar and saxophone in a highly entertaining show.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSunday 18th May Music Night with Maverick - Rock Down The Rabbit Hole Event!
7:40pm @ The Club, Lochside (Old Labour Club)
Dumfries own Maverick give you a night of rock like The Club has never seen before!
£3 Entry.

Week Commencing Monday 19th May:

musicTuesday 20th MayPrimrose Piano Quartet presents a String Trio
7.30pm @ St Andrew’s Parish Church, Annan
The first concert of the Primrose Piano Quartet, one of the UK’s leading chamber groups, features Schubert, Dohnanyi and Beethoven in three of the most attractive works for string trio.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherWednesday 21st MayAnna Purna Dance Company presents Tales from Mystic India
7.30pm @ Lockerbie Little Theatre, Lockerbie
All the way from India, the Anna Purna Dance Company presents a beautiful selection of sparkling ancient stories narrated through storytelling, singing, drumming and graceful temple dancing.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicWednesday 21st MayPrimrose Piano Quartet
7.30pm @ Newton Stewart Cinema, Newton Stewart
In the second concert of the Primrose Piano Quartet, one of the UK’s leading chamber groups, the group presents three giants of the piano quartet genre including Mozart, Schumann, Brahms’ superb Gypsy Finale.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicWednesday 21st MayThe Outside Track supported by Robyn Stapelton
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Hailed as one of the top Celtic acts in the world, The Outside Track perform traditional Celtic music with a contemporary joie de vivre, blending harp, guitar, whistle and vocals with some lively step-dance. They will be supported on the night by last year’s BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Galloway singer, Robyn Stapleton.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherThursday 22nd MayAnna Purna Dance Company presents Tales from Mystic India
7.30pm @ Birchvale Theatre, Dalbeattie
All the way from India, the Anna Purna Dance Company presents a beautiful selection of sparkling ancient stories narrated through storytelling, singing, drumming and graceful temple dancing.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicThursday 22nd MayPrimrose Piano Quartet, violin and piano duo
7.30pm @ Gatehouse Parish Church, Gatehouse of Fleet
The third concert of the Primrose Piano Quartet, one of the UK’s leading chamber groups, explores the repertoire of violin and cello duos with a programme including the works of Beethoven and Handel with flavours of music from Ireland, France, Germany ahd Hungary.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicThursday 22nd MayThe Outside Track supported by Robyn Stapelton
7.30pm @ A’ The Airts, Sanquhar
Hailed as one of the top Celtic acts in the world, The Outside Track perform traditional Celtic music with a contemporary joie de vivre, blending harp, guitar, whistle and vocals with some lively step-dance. They will be supported on the night by last year’s BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Galloway singer, Robyn Stapleton.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicThursday 22 to Sunday 25 May Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2014Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2014
@ 55.269526,-4.334994, Dumfries and Galloway
Celebrating the commonality of roots music, the line-up features music originating from across the world in a collaborative fusion of styles.
Vieux Farke Toure, son of the Malian legend Ali Farke Toure and coined as Africa’s next great guitar hero, will journey into the Southern Uplands bringing desert blues to the hills. He will be joined by the founders of the label Ninja Tunes, Coldcut, 80s pioneers in dance music and sampling, Neville Staple of Specials fame bringing a ska staple to the event and the Dub Pistols with dub, hip-hop and big beat.
Acclaimed Scottish duo Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson’s reeling melodies will ring out in Knockengorroch’s natural amphitheatre while Mercury Award nominated Sam Lee will perform songs learned direct from Roma people of the British Isles and Kan, lauded masters of cross-fertilisation, comprising top traditional and jazz players from across the UK, will join the gathering.
Also on the line-up; grounded in klezmer and gypsy styles, the saxophone and accordian fronted Alejandro and the Magic Tombolinos, avant garde traditional melodies literally pumped out by Breton band Plantec and Glasgow based international stars, long term Knockengorroch residents Mungo’s Hi Fi Sound System.
Many other acts from across Scotland and further afield will join the party and the festival will ring out with impromptu sessions and tunes traditional, experimental and upland inspired. As well as music the event will present comedy, theatre, dance, film and spoken word. A collaboration with Reel Festivals will highlight a Scottish Middle Eastern connection, featuring filmmakers, writers, musicians and poets in a performance and discussion event. Workshops, real ales, dedicated children’s activities, a sauna, heritage and environmental workshops and much more will feature.
Located in one of Europe’s only designated Dark Skies Parks and a recognised UNESCO biosphere site near the Southern Upland way the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh festival environs are considered some of the most bio-diverse and beautiful in Scotland.
Advance tickets are available from www.knockengorroch.org.uk/tickets/ - Family and concession tickets are available.

musicFriday 23rd & Saturday 24th MayKirkcudbright Song Festival
Various venues throughout Kirkcudbright
The Artists’ Town presents a two-day celebration of song with some great live music and lively workshops in venues throughout Kirkcudbright. It will finish in a big Saturday night concert which includes a performance by Drever McGuire Young and an exciting showcase of some of the region’s best up-and-coming singer-songwriters.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherFriday 23rd MayShow Bus - Catherine Major’s Theatre Company presents Wee Betty
6pm - Show bus leaving from Moffat Town Hall, Moffat
Wee Betty is an outdoor performance for young people, from 10 plus, making its debut at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. Based on conversations with people across the region, the production gives a voice to our rural communities and explores the meaning of home .
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicFriday 23rd MayPrimrose Piano Quartet presents a violin and piano duo
7.30pm @ Greyfriars Church, Dumfries
The programme of the fourth concert of the Primrose Piano Quartet, one of the UK’s leading chamber groups, includes two wonderful sonatas from Debussy and Ireland for violin and piano; Bach’s Chaconne and some glittering gems by Sarasate, Dvorak and Kreisler.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherSaturday 24th MayCatherine Major’s Theatre Company presents Wee Betty
@ Mill Road, Dumfries, seated outdoor event
Wee Betty is an outdoor performance for young people, from 10 plus, making its debut at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. Based on conversations with people across the region, the production gives a voice to our rural communities and explores the meaning of home .
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSaturday 24th MayRobin and Bina Williamson
7.30pm @ Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton
Blending Eastern and Celtic harmonies, there’s nothing on the stage quite like the experience of a Robin and Bina Williamson performance. Fusing storytelling with original works and traditional folk, the husband and wife duo celebrate the turning seasons and the joys of existence in voice and a diversity of musical instruments from around the world.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSaturday 24th May Heathhall Hooley
7.30pm @ Tinwald Park Farm, Dumfries
Barn Dance organised by the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla
with Real Ale Bar and Fish Suppers from Peter's Fish and Chicken Bar,
Dance to The David Kennedy Country Dance Band
Tickets £20 or £35 for 2, Children £10
Proceeds in support of Rotary local and international Charity Foundation.

musicSaturday 24th MaySong of the Oak and the Ivy
7.30pm @ Castle Douglas Town Hall
Popular harpist Wendy Stewart joins Corina Hewat, Bill Taylor, heather Downie and Mary Macmaster for a performance on one of the most beautiful musical instruments ever invented. Including jigs and strathspeys with traditional, classical, contemporary and jazz influences, the concert showcases the diverse energies in the contemporary Scottish revival of this iconic instrument.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherSunday 25th MayDiscover Kirkmahoe walk around Kirkton
2pm - 5pm @ Meet at Kirkton Hall, Dumfries DG1
Leaflets will be provided for a self-guided walk which will take an hour or so on quiet country roads and paths.
This walk will give you an opportunity to find out more about the area round the village of Kirkton. It is the first in a series of planned walks in Kirkmahoe. Followed by refreshments in Kirkton Hall.

musicSunday 25th MaySong of the Oak and the Ivy
7.30pm @ Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive
Popular harpist Wendy Stewart joins Corina Hewat, Bill Taylor, heather Downie and Mary Macmaster for a performance on one of the most beautiful musical instruments ever invented. Including jigs and strathspeys with traditional, classical, contemporary and jazz influences, the concert showcases the diverse energies in the contemporary Scottish revival of this iconic instrument.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

otherSunday 25th MayHugh McMillan presents The Great Galloway Tale Hunt
7.30pm @ Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
Award-winning poet, Hugh McMillan, shares contemporary tales and anecdotes on Galloway spiced with his unique blend of historical insight, poetic turn of phrase and dark humour.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

theatreSunday 25th MayOceanallover presents Sporopollen
8pm @ Mill Road, Dumfries
Dance troupe Oceanallover invite you to experience a unique environmental performance on the tidal shores of the River Nith. This free outdoor event explores the relationship between sound, movement and the environment in a dramatic staged production of colourful costumes, music and movement.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSunday 25th MayThe Wrigley Sisters
8.15pm @ Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch
Coming to Bladnoch all the way from the Orkneys, this highly popular dynamic duo of sibling musicians bring a sparkling blend of traditional, contemporary and original material to the stage, with nods to jazz, blues and ragtime.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

musicSunday 25th MayBurnsong Young Writers’ Performance
@ A’ the Airts, Sanquhar
Following the enormous success of the inaugural Burnsong for Young writers in 2013, a selection of Dumfries and Galloway’s young talent will peform their new material at this very special concert.
Part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014 - Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival features 60 performances in music, theatre, dance and literature, in 30 venues across Dumfries and Galloway between 16 and 25 May 2014.

Week Commencing Monday 26th May:

otherWednesday 28 may 2014Shimmyshakers Presents Egyptian Bellydance Workshops
7 - 9pm @ Crocketford Village Hall, DG2 8RA (opposite village shop)
Three special evening egyptian bellydance workshops - core, development, and beyond
Heard of bellydance or seen bellydancers and fancied having a go? Come along to find out more. This ancient, fun and social dance is a good way to keep your body fit and toned and can also help to alleviate stress in both mind and body. It is a great way to make new friends and enjoy a fun, low impact way of exercising.
Suitable for everyone regardless of whether you have danced before – this is a dance for all.
We are running 3 sessions in total but you can come along to any or all of them.
All welcome! (Minimum age 16 - or 14 if accompanied by a participating adult)
£20 per workshop or £50 all three - Please pay & book in advance
Further details and application form from: shimmyshakers@gmx.co.uk or tel. 01387 820558 (pat) / 01557 332345 (ebby)

otherSaturday 31st MayShowcase Pro Wrestling Presents - IN YOUR CLUB!
6:30@ The Club, Lochside (Old Labour Club)
American style wrestling returns for a night of hard hitting action in a venue guaranteed to have you and your entire family on the edge of your seat and right next to the action. Accept no imitations, this is the biggest wrestling show hit Dumfries, featuring TV wrestling, Japanese Wrestling star and British National Heavyweight Champion James Scott. Having featured several times on ITV Showcase deliver the best in the industry right to your doorstep. £10 Entry - Special offers available at our ticket outlets for family tickets and VIP Front Row advance purchase tickets -
Tickets Available at Mississippi Bar and Grill and Lochside (The) Club.
Showcase Wrestling will also return to Dumfries and Galloway on the following dates:-
31st May 2014 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - In Your Club - LOCHSIDE CLUB, DUMFRIES.
30th August 2014 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - The Caledonian Cup Tournament - LOCHSIDE CLUB, DUMFRIES.
26th September 2014 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - The After Summer Ram Jam - MOFFAT TOWN HALL, MOFFAT.
25th October 2014 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - Fight Night Fright Night - CASTLE DOUGLAS TOWN HALL, CASTLE DOUGLAS.
29th November 2014 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Turmoil - LOCHSIDE CLUB, DUMFRIES.
28th March 2015 - Showcase Wrestling Presents - RUMBLEMANIA - The Big One! - LOCHSIDE CLUB - DUMFRIES.

theatreSaturday 31st MayHotbuckle Theatre presents David Copperfield
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

Hotbuckle bring their distinctive style to this beloved story of Dickens' favourite child, the tale of young David and his journey from a tumultuous childhood to the man he must become. Ages7+.

Tickets £10 (schoolchildren £5)
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

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June 2014

Week Commencing Monday 2nd June:

otherWednesday 4th June"Gretna Factory" - Gordon Routledge
7 - 9pm @ Richard Greenhow Centre, Gretna.
Gretna and the part it played in WWI. Part of the WWI Commemoration Project.
A Gretna General Interest Group (GIG) presentation.
Entry is free for members - visitors £2 includes refreshments.
New members and visitors are always welcome

Week Commencing Monday 9th June:

musicFriday 13th - Sunday 15th June The Eden Festival
A boutique festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances!
De La Soul, Artful Dodger ,Bez's Acid House, Howard Marks (Djset & Standup), Heatwave, Nextmen Ghetto Funk label party incl JFB (Radio 1) Jus Now, Electric Swing Circus, Prince Fatty & MC Horseman, Gypsy Disco Will and the People, Mungos Hifi,  Asbo Disco Dreadsquad, Beans on Toast Federation of the Disco Pimp,  Jinx in Dub, Monk3y Logic,  Black Diamond Express, Duncan Disorderly and the Scallywags Solko Biggles Wartime Band and special guest Mr Motivator for the Saturday workout.
Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows in Dumfries Scotland. Hosting 9 different stages including a kids arena, circus tent, drive in cinema, comedy, cabaret and workshops, as well as a feast of performers, artworks, games and much much more.
Tickets £95. | visit www.edenfestival.co.uk

otherSunday 15th JuneKenneth Steven and Wendy StewartKenneth Steven and Wendy Stewart
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

Kenneth Steven’s tenth volume of poems is unlike any of his previous collections. A Song among the Stones takes the form of a sequence of poems telling the imagined story of the voyage of Celtic hermits from Iona to Iceland in the 6th Century.

Wendy Stewart has composed music on the clarsach to be woven through and around the words.

Tickets £8
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

Week Commencing Monday 16th June:

otherThursday 19th June“Wildflowers of Dumfriesshire” - Dr Chris Miles
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

theatreSaturday 21st JunePlutôt La Vie present La Tragedie ComiquePlutôt La Vie present La Tragedie Comique
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

A fantastically flamboyant character persuades his timid actor on a journey of self-discovery: staring down the devil and facing the perils and joys of life. A beautiful and daring adventure for family audiences, ages 12+.

Tickets £10 (schoolchildren £5)
Telephone: 01988 850368 | Email: mail@swallowtheatre.com | www.swallowtheatre.com

Week Commencing Monday 23rd June:

otherSunday 29th JuneDumfries Run 4 Health 2014Dumfries Run 4 Health 2014
11am @ The Crichton, Dumfries

5K event for all the family and all abilities raising money for:
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre
Kaleidoscope Resource Centre - Support in Mind (Scotland)
SHAX - Dumfries - local charity helping the homeless
Dumfries Northwest Church Free Meals Project

Adults £8, Children £2 or Families £18.
Walk, run, hop, push a buggy or wheelchair, or drive your mobility scooter - everyone can be part of the fun!

Entry forms available online at www.run4health.co.uk

 

July 2014

Week Commencing Monday 30th June:

otherWednesday 2nd July“The Moths of Annan” - Peter & Val Russell
7 - 9pm @ Richard Greenhow Centre, Gretna.
How many species after 2 years of trapping?
A Gretna General Interest Group (GIG) presentation.
Entry is free for members - visitors £2 includes refreshments.
New members and visitors are always welcome

musicFriday 4th & Saturday 5th JulyNewton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival
2 days of traditional and acoustic music in the picturesque market town of Newton Stewart.
For full details see www.tradmusic.com

Week Commencing Monday 14th July:

otherThursday 17th July“Some Birds in Dumfriesshire” - Edmund Fellowes
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

August 2014

Week Commencing Monday 4th August:

otherWednesday 6th August 2014Wigtown Show
@ Bladnoch Park, Wigtown DG8 9AB
Enjoy a great day out with the whole family at the region’s oldest agricultural show.
This year’s Wigtown Show, the oldest agricultural show in south-west Scotland, takes place on Wednesday, 6th August at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown and offers a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. The show ground will again be packed with trade stands, food and craft marquees, hundreds of animals to see, entertainment and displays as well as fairground rides.
Visit www.wigtownshow.org.uk for full details

Week Commencing Monday 11th August:

otherThursday 14th August“Around & About” – Peter Russell
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

otherSaturday 16th & Sunday 17th AugustGalloway Country Fair
9am-6pm @ Drumlanrig, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway DG3 4AQ
The largest and most renowned country fair in southern Scotland brings together thousands of visitors with hundreds of businesses, demonstrations and activities each year offering a true celebration of rural life.
The Food Marquee will be full to the brim with food and drink to cater for every taste, including fresh produce from local suppliers. Visitors can enjoy gifts or homeware in the huge Craft Marquee and purchase a variety of goods, from premium clothing and sporting supplies to jewellery, pet products, artwork, toys, gifts and much more.
As well as regular attractions such as traditional Highland games, and the chance to see the Buccleuch hounds and gundog demonstrations in the main arena, this year will also see a new focus on mountain biking. The popular Fishing Village will make a return, allowing youngsters to learn about the sport through demonstrations and casting clinics.
Once again, visitors can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, and a wide range of firearms, rifles, shooting accessories and fishing tackle from leading suppliers will be available in Gunmakers Row.
Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £5 for ages 5-16, £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass. Under-fives go free.
Anyone buying tickets online will enjoy a 25 per cent discount if purchased online before 1 August.
Galloway Country Fair

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Sept, Oct & November 2014

otherThursday 18th September“The Curator’s Choice – My top 10 Animal Specimens from the Hunterian” - Maggie Riley
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

otherMonday 6th - Wednesday 8th OctoberResidential  Writing  Course in the Countryside
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Durhamhill's writing courses are back by popular demand! This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of two experienced & widely published local tutors & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn your rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work.
Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. At Durhamhill there is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers
Margaret Elphinstone's first novel was published in 1987. Her book, 'The Sea Road', appears in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the Department of English for 18 years. She has been a Visiting Professor at central Michigan University. She has extensive experience of teaching creative writing at all levels & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon writing courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist. 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" is a lively account of her time there and provides an insight into the lives of the women she lived & worked with. Her poetry collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day' was published in 2012. As a journalist, Mary has been a senior reporter on a local paper & a staff features writer with the award-winning consumer magazine 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She continues to write features on a freelance basis. Mary has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She is the organiser of the Dumfries Writers' Group & a facilitator for a group of disabled writers.
Course fee £295. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 12 to allow ample time for individual sessions.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

otherThursday 16th October“Wildlife and the Garden” - Barry Caudwell
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

otherMonday 10th - Wednesday 12th November3 day Photography Course with Andrew Buchanan
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Your guide, expert, and fully qualified photographer is Andrew Buchanan, who has a depth of knowledge of his subject, from film to digital, and an intimate love and feel for the surrounding countryside. He will gently guide you through any technical problems with your camera, and reveal some of the tricks of the trade.
During your visit to Dumfries and Galloway we aim to explore and photograph some unique and varied locations in the area. We will then spend time, using Photoshop, processing your images, and, if required, we have the facility to print high quality images up to A2 size.
In Scotland we can't guarantee the weather, so if the Gods are against us, we can retire t the studio, where Andy will show you some of the intriguing aspects of studio lighting, to ceate stunning portraits and fascinating still life.
Aims of the course
- To help you master your camera,
- To help you understand light and composition.
- To help you master photographic editing, from camera to printing.
- And to have a enjoyable and meaningful holiday.
Course fee £295, £50 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 8 to allow ample time for individual sessions..
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

otherMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th NovemberLearn Self Learn Self-Hypnosis to Improve Your Creativity
Course starts 9am on Mon 17 Nov, finishes 4.30pm on Tues, 18 Nov
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind very like daydreaming. In hypnosis, your attention is turned inwards to some degree and the mind is settled. It’s much easier in this state to notice the drift of your thoughts. These can be consciously constructed or you can as it were ‘just sit and watch’ images arising spontaneously from the subconscious part of the mind, where the roots of our creativity lie. The skill of self-hypnosis can be quickly and easily learned. Being in hypnosis is in itself profoundly relaxing (though it is not sleep!) and you return to normal everyday consciousness feeling refreshed. More importantly, the state of hypnosis allows access to the subconscious and our amazing resources of memory and imagination.
The course will include
- An overview of how creativity can be developed when the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind work together.
- An explanation of what hypnosis is, how it can be used therapeutically (i.e. a brief discussion of hypnotherapy) and how learning the skill of self-hypnosis can benefit writers. - Relaxation sessions where you experience the state of hypnosis.
- Further group sessions where hypnosis is used with a particular emphasis on writing
- visualisations, imagined conversations with your fictional characters, putting yourself into locations that feature in your work, generating ideas for future projects etc. - Steve can offer hypnotherapy to help resolve writing related issues such as writer’s block. These sessions can be on a one-to-one basis if preferred or as a demonstration to the group.
- One-to-one sessions to discuss aspects of your writing are also available. Note however that you can book either a one-to-one hypnosis session or a writing consultation (due to constraints of time).
- Each course member will receive a pack of handouts and also a self-hypnosis relaxation CD so that you can practise your newly learned skill after the course has finished.
Steve Bowkett qualified as a hypnotherapist in 1991 and has worked with many hundreds of people since then on a wide range of issues. He is a member of the Hypnotherapy Association – http://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/ – and has run his Learn Self Hypnosis course for a number of years at places such as the Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon and the National Association of Writers’ Groups’ Festival of Writing (www.nawg.co.uk). His first book appeared in 1985. He writes fiction for children of all ages and also educational books on literacy, creativity, thinking skills and emotional resourcefulness. He has had sixty titles published plus numerous short stories and poems.
BOOKING INFO
Course fee: £195 includes 2 night stay in 4-star eco-friendly Coach House, or large rooms in main house, and food.
Non-participating partner’s fee £75.
£20 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014
The Galloway countryside is spectacular, with plenty of activities for non-participating partners, including walking, fishing, golf, visiting Solway Coast, llama feeding & motorcycle sidecar adventures.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.
Durhamhill in the Galloway Countryside

otherThursday 20th November"Anyone for Crickets? The natural history of crickets and grasshoppers" - Mark Pollitt
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

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