"Stay At Home" - A Live Reading

Sunday 10th October   7.30pm

Join us as local writer Sarah Thomas shares a live reading of Stay At Home, a personal essaywhich details her most unusual lockdown spent with herons. Through exquisitely wrought observation of a tiny patch of Galloway coastline, this thoughtful piece explores ideas of safety and belonging in a world in upheaval, and the inspiration and solace that can be found in the natural world. 

This intimate event will take place in The River Room at The Mill.

Tickets £5
available from The Mill cafe and online from Ticketsource.

Workshops : Words on the Fleet

A four-part creative non-fiction writing workshop series for all experience levels inspired by The Mill on the Fleet and surrounding activities and environment. We will learn techniques to approach creating compelling pieces of place writing, nature writing, memoir and personal essay. 

The mill was historically a site of transformation: of water into power into spun cotton, bobbins, stripped bark for tanning.  We will generate words together to be woven into the fabric of the building as we emerge from our own historic moment of transformation. The themed workshops will be run as a series but can be attended individually.

A social and friendly environment to explore writing creatively together and to explore The Mill in a new way. Covid safety measures will be in place.

Meet the Author : Ian Patrick

Friday 11th October  7.30pm 

Local author Ian Patrick talks about how he went from policing London to writing crime fiction. Ian will explore how the principles of being a detective apply to the world of writing. His debut, Rubicon, is in development with the BBC for a six part TV series.

Ecomanagement: Project Presentation

 Ecomanagement : Yesterday’s knowledge, tomorrow’s know-how

Wed 25th September : 10am 

A European project promoting traditional rural skills and engaging the next generation in the protection of the rural environment.

To mark the end of the Erasmus+ project this seminar is an opportunity to learn more about what has been achieved over the last two years and how this can be sustained.

Doors Open Days

Dumfries and Galloway Doors Open day this year will be held over the weekend of 7 and 8 September.

The Mill on the Fleet is holding a Community Pop-up Museum over the weekend with items lent from within the community including Gala week programmes, photographs of local people and places, Gatehouse of Fleet souvenirs and memorabilia, and tools and household equipment from the last 230 years.   

Event : Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2019

Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve @ The Mill on the Fleet
Friday 16th August 2019 : 12-2pm

Free Admission - Donations Welcome

A live traditional music performance from some of Scotland's most exciting up and coming artists. You will hear beautifully crafted songs in both the Gaelic and Scots languages and lively folk tunes played on fiddles, accordions and other traditional musical instruments. 

Ryan Stokes : Thought Reading & Mental Magic

Friday 2nd August : 7.30pm
Tickets £8

Dumfries born magician Ryan Stokes has been entertaining audiences and private clients with his own unique take on magic for several years. However, Ryan is doing something truly special with his show: 'Thought Reading & Mental Magic'. As the title suggests; for a 50 minute approximate runtime, Ryan will demonstrate skills and abilities to create an illusion you will swear is close to the real thing.