A showcase for young talent

An important part of Kirkcudbright Book Week is encouraging the next generation of writers and, to that end, students from Kirkcudbright Academy have been working with author Hugh McMillan to develop their skills.

As part of the initiative, the work produced by the young writers features in an exhibition at Kirkcudbright Library, one of the main supporters of Book Week.

The work is entitled ‘Factory Fresh’, a collection of poems and small fictions, and it is hoped that it will lead to a book to be published in April. The exhibition will run until Book Week finishes on March 4.

You can also see contributions from the young writers on You Tube at


The Kirkcudbright Book Week Society, which co-ordinates Book Week, secured funding from the Holywood Trust and the Galloway Association of Glasgow to allow it to recruit Hugh to work on the project.

The Holywood Trust is a charitable organisation, which aims to help young people aged 15–25 years old across Dumfries and Galloway through grant-giving to individuals and organisations, creating opportunities for young people in the region.

The Galloway Association of Glasgow is delighted to support the workshops for young people, which have introduced them to the poetry and poets of Galloway. The Association welcomes applications for financial support from young Gallovidians to help them develop their skills in the arts and sports. More information is available at http://www.gallowayassoc.org.uk

You can find out more about Book Week, which runs between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, at www.kirkcudbrightbookweek.org

Shown in the picture are some of the young writers, left to right, Richard Davies, Morgan McCorsky and Joseph Hamilton

Published by johndean1

I am a UK-based journalist and author

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