George McMurdo, Tenant of Enrick, Cally Estate 1758-1787

 

Tuesday 16th August 2pm Faed Gallery

Travel into the world of Gatehouse in the 18th century with historian Frances Wilkins who will give a talk on George McMurdo who farmed at Enrick outside Gatehouse in the second half of the eighteenth century. A tenant of James Murray who built Gatehouse, McMurdo had a varied life which also took him to Virginia to work in the tobacco trade before returning to Scotland. McMurdo will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Mill next season.


Admission Free

 

Galloway’s Red Squirrels - how can we save them?

Wednesday 12 October 2016 :  7.30pm

Dr Peter Garson

Convenor of the Gatehouse Red Squirrel Group


admission free - no ticket required  |  refreshments


Photo: Richard Potts

Big Lit 2016 : 14th-17th April

2016 is the 10th Anniversary of Gatehouse literary venue, The Bakehouse, which runs BIG LIT. Big Lit, the Stewartry Book Festival has gone from strength to strength since it began as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2011. This year it has grown even bigger, with the expansion of activities for young people. So whether you have small children underfoot, are an Archer’s fan, enjoy the work of Jane Austen, love the combination of music and poetry, are into contemporary writing or writing from other generations and cultures, are interested in installation or  exhibition  – there will  be something in this year’s BIG LIT programme you can enjoy.  The Mill is the main venue for most of the events, but other events are happening around town as well as ad hoc unprogrammed entertainement from guerilla poets to buskers.  A lively weekend in Gatehouse is guaranteed.  Check out the Big Lit website for full details.

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Bats - An Illustrated Talk and Guided Walk

Friday 29th July : 8pm

Join Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group for an illustrated talk about bats, followed by a leisurely bat walk at the Mill and in the nearby woods.  We will provide bat detectors, giving you a fresh understanding of these fascinating flying mammals.

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Galloway’s Golden Eagles Past, Present and Future

14 September 2016 :  7.30pm

an illustrated talk by
Chris Rollie
Chairman, Dumfries and Galloway Raptor Study Group and RSPB Area Manager

admission free - no ticket required  |  refreshments


photo Angus Hogg

Tom Pow At the Well of Love and other Locations

Friday 15th April   2.30- 3.15pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Tom is one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary poets; lyrical, celebratory and sensitive to the world around him. He reads from his latest collection At the Well of Love (Mariscat Press, 2016), and of other unexpected locations. Come and share a varied and engaging 45 minutes in his company.

£5.00
Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust

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Book Launch - Little Boreland

Join us for the launch of

Little Boreland
The story of a magical house
by James Collett-White

Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 6.30 for 7.00pm
Admission Free

 

The launch with refreshments will include a short illustrated talk by the author.

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Wendy Stewart Harp recital

Friday 15th April  3.45 – 4.30pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

World renowned Scottish harpist Wendy Stewart entertains with a programme of Gaelic and Scots song  highlighting the poetry of both languages and the links in culture and history.

£5.00

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Holy Wells of Scotland

Saturday 16th April  10.30 – 11.30am

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Writer, photographer, and exhibition and book designer Phil Cope will take readers on a series of surprising journeys: travels through time, through our contested histories, through the responses of our poets and writers, and through the inspiring territories of our changing beliefs, in his illustrated talk on the sacred springs and holy wells of Scotland.

£8.00

See additional associated event - a free guided walk to Rutherford’s Well at Anwoth (weather permitting!)

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Discovering Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday 16th April  1.30 – 2.30pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

With old photographs, poems and a summary of his philosophy, Dr Christine Kupfer explores the life and thought of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was a polymath who reshaped Bengali poetry, literature, music, art and theatre. He was honoured with the Nobel Prize in literature in 1913 for Gitanjali. India still celebrates him as one of its greatest cultural heroes. Dr Kupfer, author of a book on Tagore’s philosophy and education, talks about Tagore’s life, worldview and his educational experiments at his Indian ashram.

£8.00

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A Song Among the Stones: Kenneth Steven/Wendy Stewart

Saturday 16th April  3.00 – 4.00pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Kenneth Steven was inspired to write A Song Among the Stones by a talk about early Celtic hermits thought to have made the difficult and dangerous journeys from Iona to seek solitude in Iceland. It was first broadcast by Radio 3’s The Verb and went on to become a choral work by composer John Hearne. Then world renowned harpist Wendy Stewart composed music to be woven through and around the sequence. Wendy and Kenneth have gone on to perform it many times in different corners of Scotland.

£10
Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust

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Peter Marinker: SHAKESPEARE’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE - THE SONNETS (Remix)

Saturday 16th April  4.30 – 5.30pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

Actor and broadcaster Peter Marinker discusses and reads from the 29 year old Shakespeare’s  sonnets expressing his unconditional, platonic love for his patron, the third Earl of Southampton, the beautiful 19 year-old, cross-dressing womanizer Henry Wrothesley. In a fascinating exploration based on the late Ted Hughes’ Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being we glimpse the personal history of the greatest poet of the English language.

£8

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Karin Fernald ‘We fainted alternately on the sofa’

Sunday 17th April   2.00 – 3.00

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Jane Austen in the Making

Actress Karin Fernald explores some of Jane Austen’s earliest works in this intriguing one-woman show. Written while Austen was in her teens, these farcical and anarchic stories, short novels and plays were never meant for publication, but to entertain family and friends.   Disconnect from ipods and ipads, smartphones and twitter, and  enter the I8th century. (One unlikely heroine ends her career up in The Highlands)

£8.00

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