Wigtown Festival Company has recently appointed three Literary Arts Animateurs from Dumfries and Galloway to support the development of writers and artists in their local areas.
The team, appointed for six months from July, will work independently and collectively to improve local and regional networks which connect artists and writers and to support the text-based work that takes place across the region.
Book seller, yoga teacher, journalist, writer and publisher, Jayne Baldwin is author of West Over the Waves, The Final Flight of Elsie Mackay; The Belties of Curleywee Farm; Mary Timney, Road to the Gallows and Big Bill’s Beltie Bairns. She has worked as an editor and publicist and is currently working on an anthology of short stories for Booktown Writers.
Stewartry and Nithsdale will receive support from writer, poet and journalist Mary Smith who began writing in the late 90s on her return from Pakistan and Afghanistan where she spent 10 years as an aid worker. She then published fiction and non-fiction.
Support for Annandale and Eskdale will be extended by writer, Vivien Jones.
The project is managed by Literature Development Officer, Carolyn Yates at Wigtown Festival Company, with funding support from The Chamber of the Arts Regional Project fund 2014.