Main headliner: Hugh McMillan
It has been said of Hugh:
“Simply one of the funniest and most entertaining readers I’ve heard.” - Ali Smith
“The Scottish literary scene seems to me crowded with excellence, but McMillan is unique in the angle and tone of his attack on the familiar.” - Ian Duhig
Hugh had sell-out performances at Scotland ’s important literary festivals, Wigtown 2010 and Stanza 2011. He’s published five collections of poetry, numerous pamphlets and has been anthologized widely. He won the Smith/Doorstep Poetry Competition in 2005, the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award in 2009, and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2010. His ‘New and Selected poems’ are out in spring 2012.He lives in Penpont, in Dumfries and Galloway .
Second headliner: JoAnne McKay
JoAnne was born into the meat trade in Romford, Essex, and spent her formative years in a slaughterhouse. She subsequently joined the police in Bristol . She now lives in a small Dumfriesshire village where she combines motherhood, work and a Masters degree with mixed success. She has published three pamphlets; her second, Venti, was runner-up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2011. She has appeared at literary festivals throughout the UK , and has been widely published, both in print and online.
The beauty of car-sharing allows us to bring you the wonderful music of Jamie Uchima (Dumfries and Galloway based, though widely travelled).
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