Life’s a beach (hut) for region’s writers

A dozen writers, illustrators and poets from across Dumfries and Galloway will be taking part for the first time in this weekend’s Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail.

They’ll be taking it in turns to be the ‘writer in residence’ at the green beach hut in the town centre, while a range of books and publications will be available for sale in the vintage caravan next door.

The writers, ranging from Julia MacDonald from Stranraer to Nithsdale based novelist Sally Hinchliffe will be writing, reading from their work or just chatting about what inspires them. The writer in residence will change every two hours between 10 am and 4pm from Friday 1st August to Monday 4th August.

Organiser Jayne Baldwin, who has recently been appointed Literary Animateur for Wigtownshire, said: “It’s a bit of fun and a way of dragging authors out from their dark writing places into the sunshine (hopefully!).”

The writers featured include Kriss Nichol, Patricia Comb, Janette Walkinshaw, Thelma Hancock, Mary Smith, Fiona Cameron, Pauline James, and Shalla Gray.

Kirkcudbright’s 11th Art and Crafts Trail also offers four days of open doors showing the work of local artists, craft makers and businesses.

Take a look in studios, gardens and down private closes offering a wide variety of experiences to stimulate the senses.

Beach huts are big on the trail this year and part of the fun will see visitors counting how many they can spot when on the trail.