The Nail Factory in Dalbeattie is hosting a poetry reading by Castle Douglas writer Mary Smith on Friday and Saturday 26 and 27 October.
The gallery and art space, run by Rupinder Dulay, will provide an intimate venue when Mary reads from her poetry collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day, published last month by Indigo Dreams.
“I’m delighted to be reading at the Nail Factory as it’s such a lovely, cosy venue,” Mary said. “I’ll be reading from my collection and explaining the background to the poems. Rupinder and I want to keep the evening informal so I’ll be very happy to answer questions and chat about the poems.”
The poems in Thousands Pass Here Every Day explore wide ranging themes of homeland, identity, family. A strong sense of place is evoked whether that place is Afghanistan where people live with war as a constant backdrop to their lives, or Scotland. Characters such as the forestry worker in Galloway, boys with their flocks of sheep on Afghanistan’s high pastures, freedom fighters, mothers and sons, demonstrate common concerns which connect us all. There is, too, a sense of how landscape shapes identities and creates connections.
The event on both the Friday and Saturday evening begins at 7pm and there will be refreshments and the opportunity to buy a signed copy of Thousands Pass Here Every Day.
For more information call: 01556 611686