Downing Street date for poet

Poet Hugh McMillan, who is due to appear twice at Kirkcudbright Book Week, has just performed at an even more august occasion (if that was possible!) . The author was invited to 10 Downing Street to read poetry in three different sessions to people invited to the Prime Minister’s Burns‘ celebrations, having been recommended byContinue reading “Downing Street date for poet”

Podcast recalls a grisly event

Author John Nelson appears in our latest podcast ahead of his appearance at Kirkcudbright Book Week. John talks about his book On the Trail of a Broken Shoe, which is based on the true story of the last man hanged in Scotland for horse-stealing, in an interview conducted by Chris Walker, the Chair of KirkcudbrightContinue reading “Podcast recalls a grisly event”

How Scotland inspires crime writers

The line-up has been confirmed for the online crime fiction event to be run as part of Kirkcudbright Book Week: Tuesday February 28 Free on-line event Talking Of Crime…2pm A  Zoom event featuring crime writers from around Scotland, who will take readers on a tour of the country with each author explaining what effect theContinue reading “How Scotland inspires crime writers”

Community fund awards grant to Kirkcudbright Book Week

Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023 has been awarded a grant of £1,350 by the Robin Rigg Community Fund to support the event’s varied programme of performances by authors. The annual week, which will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, celebrates the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright and the wider Dumfries and GallowayContinue reading “Community fund awards grant to Kirkcudbright Book Week”

Hugh McMillan talks about writing on podcast

Poet Hugh McMillan appears in our latest podcast ahead of his appearances at Kirkcudbright Book Week. Hugh talks about his writing career in an interview conducted by Chris Walker, the Chair of Kirkcudbright Book Week Society, and author Gerry Hassan, and the podcast can be heard at https://kbtbookweek.podbean.com/ He will be appearing in two eventsContinue reading “Hugh McMillan talks about writing on podcast”

First Book Week event sold out

Kirkcudbright Book Week has its first sold-out performance with the news that the last place has gone for Alan McClure’s appearance in front of an audience of young readers at the town’s library during World Book Day on Thursday March 2. Sponsored by There are still plenty of places for the other free event forContinue reading “First Book Week event sold out”

A chance to banish the winter blues!

The skies are gloomy, it’s pouring with rain and there’s a chill wind blowing, which means that people are looking to cheer themselves up and what better way of doing it than by buying tickets for events at Kirkcudbright Book Week, which starts at the end of February? One of the reasons that Book WeekContinue reading “A chance to banish the winter blues!”

Crime writer Ian features in podcast

It’s well worth checking out an entertaining podcast interview with crime writer Ian Robinson ahead of his appearance at Kirkcudbright Book Week. Having spent twenty-seven years in the Metropolitan Police, Ian is now a full-time writer. Six of his crime novels have been published and Rubicon is currently in development with the BBC for aContinue reading “Crime writer Ian features in podcast”

Historical fiction at Book Week

Are you a lover of historical fiction? Then check out these events during Kirkcudbright Book Week. Monday February 27 Screening of ‘S.R.Crockett: The Kirkcudbright Connection’ (20 minutes) followed by virtual chat/ Q&A with Cally Phillips of Galloway Raiders. The Kirkcudbright Galleries, St Mary Street 11am£5 S.R.Crockett (1859-1914) is the most famous and prolific novelist of Galloway.Continue reading “Historical fiction at Book Week”

World Book Day events for younger readers

World Book Day, which is aimed at younger readers, falls within Kirkcudbright Book Week – it’s one of the reasons Book Week is staged when it is each year – and this year there are a couple of excellent free events at the town’s library. Thursday March 2 World  Book Day – events for youngContinue reading “World Book Day events for younger readers”

Non-fiction events at Book Week

Calling all readers of non-fiction! Check out what’s on offer during Kirkcudbright Book Week Monday February 27 Screening of ‘S.R.Crockett: The Kirkcudbright Connection’ (20 minutes) followed by virtual chat/ Q&A with Cally Phillips of Galloway Raiders. The Kirkcudbright Galleries, St Mary Street 11am £5 S.R.Crockett (1859-1914) is the most famous and prolific novelist of Galloway. HisContinue reading “Non-fiction events at Book Week”

Crime fiction features in Book Week

There are a couple of events at Kirkcudbright Book Week that will appeal to crime fiction enthusiasts. Monday February 27 Walk on the Dark Side – crime fiction event Broughton House, 12 High St. 7. 30pm £7  Spend an evening with crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Robinson, Ann Bloxwich and John Dean as they exploreContinue reading “Crime fiction features in Book Week”

A showcase for talent

The aim of Kirkcudbright Book Week is to showcase and celebrate the developing literary scene in the town and surrounding area and that includes providing a stage for both professional and emerging talent. These events may interest. Tuesday February 28 A Meeting of Minds with The Gallery Writers, Stewartry Writers and Kirkcudbright Poetry Group TheContinue reading “A showcase for talent”

Poetry at Book Week

Calling all poetry-lovers! Check out what’s on offer at Kirkcudbright Book Week. Tuesday February 28 A Meeting of Minds with The Gallery Writers, Stewartry Writers and Kirkcudbright Poetry Group The Kirkcudbright Galleries St Mary Street 11am Free event Members of the three Kirkcudbright-based writing groups perform together for the first time, presenting a mixture ofContinue reading “Poetry at Book Week”

Book Week secures Lottery funding

Dumfries and Galloway organisations are celebrating National Lottery Community funding for activities that will bring people together both at the Festive period and all year round. Fed Up – Community Cafe received £57,886 to continue to provide cooked breakfast and lunches five days a week from its café in the centre of Stranraer. It willContinue reading “Book Week secures Lottery funding”

Author signs with new publisher

Ann Bloxwich, who is appearing at Kirkcudbright Book Week, has announced that she has signed a deal with a new publisher. Her contract with Red Dragon Publishing Ltd means that her debut crime novel What Goes Around will not be available until its relaunch with a new cover and ISBN number in March 2023, atContinue reading “Author signs with new publisher”

Students given opportunity to work with award-winning author

An exciting project has been launched to help teenage students at a Kirkcudbright school to develop their creative writing skills through working with a well-known author with an international reputation. The senior students, who attend Kirkcudbright Academy, will work with poet and writer Hugh McMillan to produce an anthology to be launched during Kirkcudbright BookContinue reading “Students given opportunity to work with award-winning author”

An entertaining interview

It’s well worth checking out an entertaining and thought-provoking interview with author and academic Gerry Hassan ahead of his appearance at Kirkcudbright Book Week in the latest of our podcasts at https://kbtbookweek.podbean.com/e/a-chat-with-gerry-hassan/ In the interview, Gerry examines his love of writing and also refers to the talk he will deliver during Book Week, which willContinue reading “An entertaining interview”

Extra event added to programme – a tale of extraordinary events in Galloway

Thursday March 2 Talk by Stuart Campbell, author of the recently-published novel The Woman Clothed With The Sun Selkirk Arms High Street 2pm £5 Stuart Campbell has previously written for the BBC, the Guardian, The Big Issue and Scottish Book Collector. He is the editor of RLS in Love, an anthology of Robert Louis Stevenson’sContinue reading “Extra event added to programme – a tale of extraordinary events in Galloway”

New title by Book Week author is published

A new book has been published, written by Laurence Bristow-Smith, who will be appearing at Kirkcudbright Book Week. Published in November 2022, Tribes into Nations takes a fresh look at the ethnic and cultural evolution of the British Isles and challenges the long tradition of Anglocentric history which saw the past through the prism ofContinue reading “New title by Book Week author is published”

It’s back! Programme announced for long-awaited return of Kirkcudbright Book Week

The programme has been announced for Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023, which is making a welcome return after twice being cancelled due to the covid outbreak. The week, which will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, 2023, is designed to celebrate the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright and the wider Dumfries andContinue reading It’s back! Programme announced for long-awaited return of Kirkcudbright Book Week

A musical celebration

Saturday March 4 An Evening With Laurence Bristow-Smith with musical illustrations by Gordon Mursell and David Preston Broughton House, 12 High St  7pm £6   Laurence Bristow-Smith spent twenty-six years as a diplomat serving in Taiwan, China, eastern Europe, the Balkans, Norway and Italy but one of the most important events in his life wasContinue reading “A musical celebration”

Celebrating a fine poet

Friday March 3 The Leaves of the Years with Hugh McMillan and Stuart  Paterson and invited guest readers Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium The Johnston, St Mary Street 7pm £5 Join Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson and invited guest readers in an evening celebrating the life and work of Galloway’s greatest modern poet, William Neill. AContinue reading “Celebrating a fine poet”

Events for young readers

Thursday March 2 World  Book Day – events for young readers Talk by Ayrshire-based children’s writer Greta Yorke Kirkcudbright Library  Daar Road Free event 11am Greta is the author of books including Witch Hitch, which won  the under 7s category in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Competition in 2010 and was published in 2015, featuringContinue reading “Events for young readers”

All in a day’s work

Thursday March 2 All In a Day’s Work, readings from a book based on the creative response of a group of writers to artifacts held in the Devil’s Porridge Museum, which commemorates the lives and work of the many people who laboured at HM Gretna to provide munitions for World War One. The Kirkcudbright Galleries, StContinue reading “All in a day’s work”

Examining both sides of the big debate

Thursday March 2 A talk on Scotland’s future and the independence debate by Gerry Hassan The Garret Hotel & Restaurant 116 High Street Kirkcudbright 11am £6 The independence debate is the defining issue of our times in Scotland with huge implications not just for the people who live here, but the rest of the UKContinue reading “Examining both sides of the big debate”

A thought provoking evening

Wednesday March 1 Selkirk Arms Supper Club: with Chrys Salt Selkirk Arms High Street 6.30pm . Cost £25 Two course supper followed by  Home Front/Front Line. On the 20th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq Chrys Salt records a dialogue in letters, images, music, film and poems between herself, a pacifist mother, and her younger son who,Continue reading “A thought provoking evening”

A motorcycling celebration

Wednesday March 1 Confessions of a Novice Motorcycle Guide Book Writer with J.G.Fergusson  Selkirk Arms High Street 2pm £5 J.G. Fergusson is a former BBC Scotland journalist/producer and author of several walking guides for the ‘Pocket Mountain’ series. Born in the Rhins of Galloway, and now living in Moffat, he has been riding motorbikes sinceContinue reading “A motorcycling celebration”

Where rivers meet

Tuesday February 28 Where Rivers Meet Join Hugh McMillan, Stuart Paterson, Clare Phillips and Nicola Black in an evening of poetry and song from four of the finest writers in contemporary Dumfries and Galloway. Station House Cookery School 56-58, St. Mary Street 7pm Tickets £8 How to acquire your tickets Tickets for both paid-for andContinue reading “Where rivers meet”

Talking of crime

Tuesday February 28 Free on-line event Talking Of Crime…2pm A  Zoom event featuring crime writers from around Scotland, who will take readers on a tour of the country with each author explaining what effect the Scottish location of their books offers them as writers. Audience members  will then be able to ask questions. Writers takingContinue reading “Talking of crime”

A meeting of minds

Tuesday February 28 A Meeting of Minds with The Gallery Writers, Stewartry Writers and Kirkcudbright Poetry Group The Kirkcudbright Galleries St Mary Street 11am Free event Members of the three Kirkcudbright-based writing groups perform together for the first time, presenting a mixture of prose and poetry. How to acquire your tickets Tickets for both paid-forContinue reading “A meeting of minds”

A walk on the dark side

Monday February 27 Walk on the Dark Side – crime fiction event Broughton House, 12 High St. 7. 30pm £7 Spend an evening with crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Robinson, Ann Bloxwich and John Dean as they explore the art of crime writing, illustrated through examples from their crime novels. Having spent twenty-seven years inContinue reading “A walk on the dark side”

Celebrating one of our own

Monday February 27 Screening of ‘S.R.Crockett: The Kirkcudbright Connection’ (20 minutes) followed by virtual chat/ Q&A with Cally Phillips of Galloway Raiders. The Kirkcudbright Galleries, St Mary Street 11am £5 S.R.Crockett (1859-1914) is the most famous and prolific novelist of Galloway. His stories range across the region, but his Kirkcudbright connection is little known. The shortContinue reading “Celebrating one of our own”

Podcasts add to Book Week build-up

Why not check out our excellent podcasts including Chris Walker, Gerry Hassan and John Dean looking forward to Book Week and one featuring John talking about crime fiction? There are more to come in the next few weeks. You can find them at https://kbtbookweek.podbean.com/e/talking-about-book-week-2023-with-john-dean-gerry-hassan-and-john-dean/

Your chance to help Book Week by volunteering

Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023 is making a welcome return after twice being cancelled due to the covid outbreak, and we’re on the lookout for volunteers to help run it. The week, which will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, 2023, is designed to celebrate the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright andContinue reading “Your chance to help Book Week by volunteering”

Sponsors sought for Book Week

The dates have been announced for Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023, which is making a welcome return after twice being cancelled due to the covid outbreak – and now the organisers are seeking sponsors. The week, which will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, 2023, is designed to celebrate the developing literaryContinue reading “Sponsors sought for Book Week”

Poetry collection is published

Kirkcudbright author Anne Micklethwaite, a member of the town’s Gallery Writers group,  has published a collection of poetry. A Cup of  Tea and a Poem reflects the way that Anne’s work often echoes the legendary Japanese female poets who identified with the cycles of nature in order to deal with loss. This is clearly shownContinue reading “Poetry collection is published”