From Elizabeth Roberts
Welcome to Moffat's new creative partnership, Gyre.
Our website went live this morning with news of our forthcoming events – more details here
GYRE is a creative partnership formed to enhance life in and for Moffat, the region and internationally. The partners, all resident in Moffat, have strong links with and expertise in Russia, China, the USA and other countries around the world.
They believe that Scotland has a very strong role to play in cultural relations worldwide and that Moffat is ideally situated to host events over a range of professional interests.
Moffat's new creative partnership Gyre's first venture is to enable Moffat to feature for the first time as part of Scotland’s history festival ‘Previously…’ , with three Thursday afternoon events in November covering the town’s links with roads and a Russian poet, the Caledonian railway and that mystical character Merlin from the Dark Ages.
On Thursday November 13 the series starts off with David Ross, author of The Caledonian: Scotland’s Imperial Railway – A History, who tells of the triumph and tragedies of the men
and money behind the iconic network.
The following week, on Thursday November 20 Moffat’s connections with Merlin are explored by Count Nikolai Tolstoy, author of The Quest for Merlin, who shows the evidence that the legendary character was a Dark Ages historical figure who retired to a cave in the hills above the town after a traumatic battle nearby.
Professor Richard Demarco CBE delivers the inaugural John ‘Tar’ McAdam talk on ‘Roads’ with an imagined journey of Russian national poet Mikhail Lermontov through the land of his Scottish Learmonth forefathers on Thursday November 27. The lecture commemorates John McAdam, of tarmac fame, who is buried in Old Moffat churchyard.