The Stove has joined forces with Sindigo Corp and Eryl Shields to present a monthly open mic hosted every last Friday at our home on 100 High Street.
Our bold new venture seeks to challenge belief, build confidence and inspire the people of Dumfries into presenting their own work to a live audience in the heart of the town centre.
Over the coming year we are planning to reach out to the wider community through working with those who have yet to have their voice heard.
We seek to challenge stigmas, stereotypes and beliefs and support those willing to make a positive and impactful change in their town and beyond.
We seek to build confidence, share ideas and nurture talent.
Through workshops, consultation sessions, mentoring and support from established local writers, as well as visual artists, we provide the platform for the region’s emerging writers, poets, songwriters and composers to share their work for the first time, to hear feedback and to inspire others.
Our pilot on the 18th of September entitled Scotland’s Referendum: One Year On saw us tackling political issues with creative writing with over forty higher and advanced higher pupils from throughout the region. In the afternoon we hosted workshop and discussion events on democracy in the 21st Century, political versus personal writing followed be a rhyming and rapping workshop. In the evening we hosted the Dumfries Slam, with up to 20 participants Dumfries made its mark as a home of Slam poetry in the South West of Scotland.
Brave New Words, every last Friday of the month at the Stove, 100 High Street.