Full programme of events

All REDISCOVER events are free but ticketed.  All adults should be accompanied by a child to all events.

Friday 7th September

Ryan Centre, Stranraer – 7.30pm – An evening with Janice Galloway – Tickets £7, available from the Ryan Centre tel 01776 703535

Saturday 8th September

NEW AUTHOR AND TIME - Stranraer Library 2.30PM-3.30PM- Family event – Robert Bullock- Contact 01776 707400 to book your place.  Robert is a children’s author, freelance writer and award winning blogger and has visited schools all across England for the past two years with his Literacy and Cross Curricular workshops for schools. www.ninnylizard.com

Port William Library – 11am-12 noon – Teens event - Hope London – Contact 01988 700406 to book your place.  What is a graphic novel?  We’ll take a look at the history of putting words and pictures together to tell stories.  ‘Comix’ can be just about anything you want, and are an ideal way to create your own world and tell your own story. 

 Whithorn Library – 11AM-12NOON– Family (Upper Primary) – Robert Bullock – Contact 01988 500406 to book your place.  Robert is a children’s author, freelance writer and award winning blogger and has visited schools all across England for the past two years with his Literacy and Cross Curricular workshops for schools. www.ninnylizard.com

John McNeillie Library- 11am-12 noon – Family event – Alastair Scott – Contact 01988 403329 to book your place.  Alastair Scott is the author of nine books in several genres but is best known as a travel writer.  With an eye for the absurd and bizarre, he’s well-placed to comment on the role of humour in travel writing after observing and practising it for around twenty years.  Fully illustrated with pictures from around the world and interspersed with short readings from his own and other writers’ works, this talk promises to be informative and highly entertaining! www.alastair-scott.com

Newton Stewart Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Liz Niven and Stephanie Taylor – Contact 01671 403450 to book your place.  Schools across Dumfries & Galloway are submitting examples of their poems, stories and drawings, some of which will be chosen and re-interpreted by Liz Niven, author and Stephanie Taylor, illustrator.  www.lizniven.com

Gatehouse Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event for little ones – Maria Cairnie – Contact 01557 814646 to book your place.  Maria will provide readings of her work/oral performances based on two characters from her growing collection Blitzy Boy Walker; The Flame Haired Tyke and the love of his life, Sassica Spall; A Beautiful White Persian cat. www.blitzyboy.com

Kirkcudbright Library – 11am-12 noon – Older Pupil event.  Jules Horne – Contact 01557 331240 to book your place.  Get into Playwriting – Drama is great fun to write – choose your characters, put them in a tricky situation, and watch out for fireworks! In this workshop, you’ll learn first steps in playwriting, including how to create conflict and bring your characters to life. No previous experience needed! www.texthouse.co.uk

CANCELLED – Kirroughtrie Visitors Centre – 2.30pm-4pm– Learning Walk – Jules Horne – Contact curriculumforexcellence@dumgal.gov.uk to book your place.  Linked to Words in the Wild project.

Dalry Library – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Cate James – Contact 01644 430234 to book your place.  Cate James illustrates the Lollipop & Grandpa series, which contains fun characters and imaginary animals. How do we use our imaginations to create people and animals? Work with Cate as she draws and talks about the invention of her characters, and help her to invent some new ones along the way. www.catejames-illustration.com

Castle Douglas Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Cate James – Contact 01556 502643 to book your place.  Have a read above of what the event will offer.

Castle Douglas Library – Alex Barclay and Ken Gouge – Drop-in event. Alex will be interviewing and filming all members of the public to allow them to share their favourite books, texts, songs etc.

Dalbeattie Library – 11am-12 noon – Teens event – Douglas Blane – Contact 01556 610898 to book your place. How do we make sense of science stories in the news? Should we cover up to avoid cancer or get sun on our skin to make vitamin D? Will five portions of vegetables and eight pints of water a day help us live longer – or will it just feel like it? Was Einstein right or wrong? This session from journalist Douglas Blane will demonstrate simple ways of thinking to help get behind the headlines and learn what’s going on.

Kirkconnel Library – Jean Atkin – Drop-in event.  Write a poem using Jean’s failsafe Build-a-Poem kit, then make your own Poetry Postcard to take away with you.  You can decorate it with rubber stamps and colours.  Friendly support for the imagination and plenty of enthusiasm provided!  http://jeanatwordsparks.blogspot.co.uk

Sanquhar Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Jean Edminston – Contact 01659 50626 to book your place.  ‘Dragons, sheep and a little piece of blue sky’.   Jean will tell stories from Scotland and around the world  and invites you to come along to listen and join in .

Thornhill Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Matthew Fitt – Contact 01848 330654 to book your place.  Ken, hoose, bonnie, doon, oot, oxter, dug, coo and bubblyjock – Scots language poems, songs, games and fun with popular Scots author, Matthew Fitt www.mfitt.co.uk

Ewart Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – John Fardell – Contact 01387 253820 to book your place.  Boy-Eating Monsters, Diabolical Baddies and High-Flying Jellyfish – Join award-winning author-illustrator John Fardell in this fun, interactive session as he shows us the scribbly processes that go into creating picture books such as Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten, and gets us making up our own baddies, monsters and inventions.

Rutherford McCowan, Crichton Campus – 10am-4.30pm – Family event for secondary pupils – Aonghas MacNeacail – Contact Andrew Wilson on 07722114518 to book your place.  All places need to be reserved and paid for in advance.  The cost for the day is £10, which includes tea/coffee breaks, AND lunch.  Concessions available/ half day attendance.  Gaelic Language and Literature Day.  2 classes to choose from: Beginners Gaelic class and a Creative Writing Class in English.

Georgetown Library – 11am-12 noon – Teens event – Maggi Gibson – Contact 01387 256059 to book your place.  Sassy Wilde, the main character in Maggi Gibson’s feisty and fun Seriously Sassy books, is a typical teen – embarrassed by her parents, driven mad by her little sis, and completely confused by boys and best friends.  As if that’s not enough, Sassy wants to be a singing star. Join Maggi to find out more and before you leave, design a CD cover. www.seriouslysassy.co.uk

Lochside Library – Renita Boyle – Drop-in event.  Renita uses a variety of methods to appeal across the learning styles: repetition, rhythm and rhyme; actions and audience participation; parachutes and puppets; music, masks and hats and book-making projects www.renitaboyle.com

Lochthorn Library – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Simon Puttock – Contact 01387 265780 to book your place.  The session will use word and story games to explore the sheer fun of language. http://simonputtock.com/index.htm

Lochmaben Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Simon Puttock – Contact 01387 811865 to book your place.  Details of the event as above.

Lockerbie Library – 3pm-4pm – Older teens event – Ian Macpherson – Contact 01576 203380 to book your place.  Ian has written comedy for TV, radio, standup and books. Come along and hear him talk about what it’s like being a writer and performer. And if you’ve ever fancied writing a sitcom, a comic novel, or even standup, this is your chance to come up with some great ideas of your own. www.ianmacpherson.net

Moffat Library – 10.30am-12 noon – Family event – Julian Colton – Contact 01683 220952 to book your place.  Brief introduction to observational poetry followed by opportunity to create a poem inspired by Annandale Walk, Moffat environment.  Part of this activity will be outdoors/include a walk. In event of poor weather the event will be held within the library.

Annan Library – 2pm-3pm – Family event suitable for ages 8-12 – Lari Don – Contact 01461 202809 to book your place.  Scottish author Lari Don writes adventures about centaurs, dragons, selkies and wolves. She will read from Maze Running, the last book in her award-winning First Aid for Fairies series, help you imagine your own adventures, and tell one of the dark legends which inspired her. Suitable for ages 8 – 12 www.laridon.co.uk

Eastriggs Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event – Alison Galbraith – Contact 01461 40844 to book your place.  Alison will use stories from texts and books to strengthen the literacy links, as well as local folktales to celebrate the landscape and heritage of the area. ‘Story Sticks’ with the family group  – visual clues which help the participants learn and tell a story from a text.

Gretna Library – 11am-12 noon – Family event suitable for ages 4-7 – Lari Don – Contact 01461 338000 to book your place.  Award-winning children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don writes about bottoms on beaches, herons in parks and peas all over the kitchen. She will read one of her picture books, help you imagine stories of your own, and tell a joiny-in traditional tale. Suitable for ages 4 – 7 www.laridon.co.uk

Langholm Library – 11am-11.30am and 11.45am-12.15pm – Family event for little ones – Bea Ferguson – Contact 013873 800740 to book your place.  Bea will excite and enthrall those involved by listening to stories but she encourages you to pass on the stories and in that way develop your own imagination and oral skills.

Drumlanrig Castle Stable Yard, Thornhill – 2.30pm-3.30pm – Family event – John Fardell – Contact 01848 331555 to book your place.  Eccentric Professors, Amazing Inventions and Extraordinary Secrets – In this fun, interactive event, author –illustrator John Fardell will giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the notebooks, sketches, models and artwork that go into his 7 Professors adventure novels. And he’ll be giving us plenty of opportunity to join in with making up our own inventions and story ideas.

CANCELLED – Oasis Youth Centre, Dumfries – All day event for older teens – Anita Govan and Viv Gee – Poetry Slam – Contact Carolyn Yates to book your place on 07773797495.  Weekend 1: Saturday 1st September workshops                Sat: 11 – 1pm/ Break /1.30pm – 3.30pm Weekend 2: Saturday 8th September workshops and Slam Sat: workshop 11 – 1/Break 1.30-2.30/Slam 4pm-5pm www.anitagovan.com

CANCELLED – Castle Douglas Town Hall – 3pm-4pm – Family event – The 2 Steves – Contact the Customer Services Centre at Castle Douglas Community Centre to book your place.  ACTION DOGS! When killer cats are clawing for world domination it’s time to unleash man’s best friend. Join this dastardly duo to discover all about Krimelord kitty Katmanchew and the brave Action Dogs with gadgets galore to hand (or paw). A real doggie treat that will keep your nose wet and your tail wagging. Join Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore for a riotous literary game show – guaranteed to make you laugh out loud! Ages 5+ www.the2steves.net

The Catstrand, New Galloway – 2.30pm-3.30pm – Family event – Maria Cairnie – Contact 01644 420374 to book your place.  A highly interactive and engaging live literature session with children’s author and professional storyteller Maria Cairnie based on two of the most popular characters from her growing collection: Blitzy Boy Walker; The Flame Haired Tyke that keeps his Author on her toes and the love of his life, Sassica Spall; A Beautiful White Persian cat. Maria combines her flair of energetic and engaging story-sharing to a back-drop of dance, musical theatre and creative spontaneity. www.blitzyboy.com

The Old School (formerly St Andrew’s Primary), Brooke Street, Dumfries– 11am-12 noon – Older teens event – Ian Macpherson – Contact curriculumforexcellence@dumgal.gov.uk  to book your place.  Ian has written comedy for TV, radio, standup and books. Come along and hear him talk about what it’s like being a writer and performer. And if you’ve ever fancied writing a sitcom, a comic novel, or even standup, this is your chance to come up with some great ideas of your own.

National Museum of Costume (Shambellie House) – 2.30pm-3.30pm – Family event – Alison Galbraith – Contact 0131 2474030 to book your place.  Taking place at the National Museum of Costume, Alison will work with museum guides and written descriptions to engage the audience in folk stories and their own responses to the museum exhibits.

Hugh McDiarmid Memorial, Langholm – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Bea Ferguson – Contact 013873 80914 or 013873 80063 to book your place.  Bea will use the memorial, dedicated to one of Scotland’s greatest poets of the 20th century, Hugh McDiarmid as a source of inspiration for storytelling.

Eskrigg Nature Reserve, Lockerbie – 3pm-4pm – Teens event – Maggi Gibson – Contact curriculumforexcellence@dumgal.gov.uk  to book your place.  SASSY SAVE THE PLANET WORKSHOP – Seriously Sassy author Maggi Gibson loves trees and flowers, but most especially animals. That’s why she writes books with strong eco-themes. Join Maggi to hear how she comes up with her story ideas, take part in Sassy’s Super Silly Eco Quiz, and if there’s time left over, let Maggi help you come up with your own eco-themed story.  www.seriouslysassy.co.uk

Logan Botanic Gardens, Stranraer – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Alastair Scott – Contact 01776 860231 to book your place.  Madness to come to these magnificent gardens and spend an hour sitting.  Bring along a pencil and some paper and be prepared to stretch your mind.  Alastair will attempt to entertain, inspire and excite you on the theme of humour in travel writing.  Then everyone will travel a little in this Garden of Eden and he’ll set you some short, quick, quirky writing challenges.  These are not designed to test you but to make writing ‘fun’ which – most of the time – is what it should be!  We might also look at how some of the so-called experts tackle the subjects.  www.alastair-scott.com.

Solway Books, Kirkcudbright – 2pm-3pm – Family event for ages 2-5 – Jayne Bladwin and Shalla Gray – Contact 01557 330 635 to book your place.  Jayne Baldwin and Shalla Gray as they read from their books The Belties of Curleywee and Charlotte’s Woolly Yarn; A Spin Around South West Scotland. www.gcbooks.co.uk

Jenny Wren Toy Shop, Castle Douglas – 3pm-3.30pm – Family event for ages 4-7 – Anne Armitage – Contact 01988 402036 to book your place.  Anne Armitage reading favourite stories

Sunday 9th September

CANCELLED – Viewpoint Voices, Stewartry – 10am-3.30pm – Family event – Jean Atkin – Contact Anna Johnson on 01387 260242 to book your place.  Workshop will enable local people to write and share poetry inspired by their landscape. Participants will meet at a local venue and have a short workshop session with poet.  We will then visit the Wardlaw Viewpoint (transport provided to base of hill followed by 15min walk – stout shoes recommended) which is a well know landmark in the area. On return to venue and following lunch (not provided) we will write (and hopefully record) poems. 

The Aquarium, Skyeburn, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HD – 2pm-4pm – Family event – Isabell Buenz – Contact curriculumforexcellence@dumgal.gov.uk to book your place.  In her workshop Isabell offers an introduction to basic book binding skills for all ages. Simple folding, gluing and stitching techniques are all that is needed to create a variety of small notebooks ready for decoration or use. Ribbons, buttons, beads, sequins and other small embellishments can be brought along to make the books more personal.  www.isabellbuenz.co.uk

Polkadot Tea Rooms, Castle Street, Dumfries– 11am-12 noon – Family event for little ones – Matthew Fitt – Contact Carolyn Yates on 01988 402036  to book your place.  Where’s Katie’s coo and whit’s it daein? Why is Robert Burns in bed wi a pig? How many craws can sit on a waw? Find oot this and mair with award-winning Scots language author Matthew Fitt www.mfitt.co.uk

A the Airts, Sanquhar – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Alison Galbraith – Contact 01659 50514 to book your place.  Alison will use stories from texts and books to strengthen the literacy links, as well as local folktales to celebrate the landscape and heritage of the area. ‘Story Pictures’ with the family group  – visual clues which help the participants learn and tell a story from a text.

Dumfries Museum – 3pm-4pm – Family event – Victoria Campbell – Contact 01387 253374 to book your place.  V Campbell reads from her new novel, Viking Gold, an historical action adventure about Redknee, a 16 year old Viking boy who goes on a quest to discover America after finding a mysterious manuscript that belonged to his believed dead father. Come along for an interactive talk on how the Vikings conquered the high seas and travelled to far off lands. There will be replica artefacts, a quiz (with prizes) and a Q & A session at the end. The only question is: dare you face the Viking horde?www.vcampbelauthor.com

RSPB Mersehead – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Cate James – Contact 01387 780579 or 01387 780298 to book your place.  Cate James illustrates the Lollipop & Grandpa series, which contains fun characters and imaginary animals. How do we use our imaginations to create people and animals? Work with Cate as she draws and talks about the invention of her characters, and help her to invent some new ones along the way. www.catejames-illustration.com

CHANGE OF AUTHOR – DGONE Leisure Centre, Dumfries – 2pm-3.30pm – Family event – Matthew Fitt – Contact 01387 243550 to book your place.  Matthew Fitt – Mr Eejit pits a puddock in his wife’s bed, Geordie pits bangers in his grannie’s belly and Dino’s Auntie Betty gets jurmummled in spaghetti in author Matthew Fitt’s Scots language hoolie at DG One www.mfitt.co.uk  

Dumfries Aviation Museum – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Elizabeth Wein – Contact dumfriesaviationmuseum@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.  Born in New York, Elizabeth Wein has lived in Scotland.She learned to fly in Scotland and is a member of the 99s, the International Organization of Women Pilots. It was partly her fascination with flight that inspired her to write Code Name Verity. Event Synopsis – Elizabeth Wein discusses the heady mix of reality and research that went into writing Code Name Verity, an intriguing novel about two unlikely friends during the Second World War. Hear about her experience as a pilot, her collection of artefacts from the Second World War and discover how she fused fact and fiction to create a compelling story full of suspense. www.elizabethwein.com

The Catstrand/Giants in the Forest, New Galloway – 2pm-4pm – Family event for teens – Alex Nye – Contact 01644 420374 to book your place.  Alex Nye is also now a qualified teacher working for Barnardos with troubled teens, and the session will focus on The Art of Writing A Ghost Story, inspiring young people with images and sounds. Interspersed with this she will tell them her own story of how she came to write CHILL and SHIVER and do some readings and question and answer sessions.  The session will start at The Catstrand with a short presentation and then move to the Giants in the Forest for a creative writing session.  Transport will be provided.http://alexnye.com/page2.htm

Whithorn Trust – 2pm-3pm – Family event – Aonghas McNeacail – Contact 01988 500508 to book your place.  As part of the Gaelic weekend come and learn about the Gaelic alphabet.

Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna– 2pm-3pm – Family event for upper primary – Robert Bullock – Contact curriculumforexcellence@dumgal.gov.uk to book your place.  Robert is a children’s author, freelance writer and award winning blogger and has visited schools all across England for the past two years with his Literacy and Cross Curricular workshops for schools. www.ninnylizard.com

Saturday 15th September

Ryan Centre, Stranraer – 8pm – Robin Cairns in’ Would You Want Your Daughter To Marry A Weegie?’ Tickets £6 available from the Ryan Centre, telephone 01776 703535. Malcolm is a resident of Morningside, Edinburgh’s genteel suburb. Imagine how he feels when his daughter announces that she is planning to marry a Glaswegian! Malcolm’s horror is complete when he learns that his future son-in-law is a Glaswegian Ned – a Glaswegian Ned Nudist Poet!  Robin Cairns keeps his kilt on throughout as he plays Morningside Malcolm and a wheen of other characters in this comic drama of clashing Scottish cultures.

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