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Past Publications and Performances


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‘Windfall’ - new work by Crichton Writers This spring and summer Crichton Writers have been exploring a wide variety of gardens, from the synthesis of nature and design at Cowhill to the contemporary challenge of Portrack, the near wilderness of Polmaddy settlement right down to the domestic delights of their own gardens. This has resulted in a fourth illustrated anthology of new writing from the group.

 ‘The Art of Ballads and Bards’ is the result of a series of workshops and ‘hot pen’ sessions with the artist, Sheila Mullen, supported financially by Gaelforce, the Crichton Campus of the University of Glasgow, and with advisory support from Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association. Work for the anthology was selected with the help of Ali Burns, winner of last year's Burn’s song competition, song-writer and community music workshop leader, Andy Forster, DGAA’s  literature officer, Sheila Mullen and Tom Pow, poet and writer. Sheila Mullen trained at the Glasgow School of Art. She has lived in Johnstonbridge for nearly thirty years and has exhibited nationally and internationally Her work is inspired by both literature and landscape. The border ballads, its reivers, the poems of Burns and McDermid, are her inspiration.  More of her pictures can be seen at

The anthology was launched at several events across Dumfries and Galloway. In September readings and exhibitions took place in the Crichton drama studio and at Broughton House in Kirkcudbright (supported by the National Trust for Scotland

In October the Chambers Gallery in Moffat hosted the Crichton Writers and Sheila Mullen’s paintings and on Sunday 22nd October there was a performance of dramatic responses at the Swallow Theatre, near Whithorn, by the actors of the Swallow Theatre (

Copies of the anthology (price £5) can be purchased from the following bookshops in Wigtown: The Old Bank Bookshop, The Bookshop, Book Corner, The Chambers Bookshop in Moffat, Designs in Castle Douglas and some Tourist Information offices or contact Carolyn Yates. Contact or  Miekle Knox House, Castle Douglas, DG7 1NS or telephone 015565503739

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The Crichton Writers first publication was in Markings, by invitation of John Hudson, the editor. in (date). This special edition, Collateral Damage, was written to promote peace during the beginning of the Iraq conflict. Performances and readings of pieces from this edition by The Solway Festival Poets took place throughout Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh and The Tricycle Theatre in London in 2004.

Copies of Collateral Damage (Markings Issue 17) can be obtained from Editorial: Markings, 1 Longacres Road, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4AT Email Price £5.00 + p&p

In (date), the Crichton Writers co-produced the anthology Double Vision, with the Dumfries Writers.. Guest edited by Andrew Forster of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association The anthology was funded by The Crichton University. Launch performances of work in the anthology took place in Moffat, Dumfries and at the Wigtown book festival

Click on the cover image to the right to download the complete 'Double Vision' anthology as a 3.1 mbyte pdf file (this file is quite large). --->
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In autumn of 2005 Crichton writers and Wigtown Scribblers published an anthology of poetry and prose called ‘Joined-up writing’. This anthology was also supported by Crichton University. Launch performances of work from the anthology took place in Moffat, Dumfries and at the Wigtown book festival


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Stargazers was a series of three collaborative performances, in September and October 2005, of new writing and music in response to renaissance themes of love war and the natural world. The poems and prose were performed by actors from the Swallow Theatre and music from the 16 th and 17 th century was performed by the Galloway Consort early music specialists with twenty years performing experience in Scotland and the north of England. Performances took place at the Swallow Theatre, Bladnoch Distillery and the Dumfries Campus. Candlelight, sweet-scented herbs and sweetmeats provided a suitable ambience. The performance at the Swallow Theatre was followed by a summer supper.
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Dumfries and Galloway Open Doors weekend

The Open Doors Weekend at Ellisland Farm, home of Rabbie Burns and where he wrote some of his most famous work, saw a steady stream of visitors being treated to a selection of new writing in Scots and English. This ranged from poetic responses to the man and his poetry to some lighthearted speculation on human behaviour today. The performances lasted for some ninety minutes and, although the audience was reassured they could leave at any time, most stayed for the duration.

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