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Hooked Literature Festival

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hooked is a day-festival for young people who are passionate about the arts. It is delivered by Wigtown Festival Company’s young adult team and run in conjunction with The Stove Network. This year Hooked tackles communication and speech in a day of back-to-back workshops. Join us to be inspired by some of the nation’s most talented spoken word artists, storytellers and public speakers.

All events FREE for 14-25s (or £5 per event for 26+).

Book online at wigtownbookfestival.com or telephone 01988 403222

Box office open 10am-4pm Monday – Friday.


The Programme

10am: How to Tell a Story

Stories matter, so learn how to tell them properly. Start your day with traditional and improvised storytelling led by Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art graduate Elaine Truckell. Whether reading from old favourites or presenting your own, regardless of your audience, storytelling requires proficient, engaging and amplified speech, something that is increasingly becoming a lost art. In this 90 minute workshop you will learn the skills required to keep an audience captivated and present with both confidence and clarity.


11.30am: Welcome to my TEDtalk – Learning the Art of Public Speaking

Join two-time TEDtalker, adventurer and author Paula McGuire for this 90 minute workshop where she teaches the art of public speaking, how to overcome the nerves and keep an audience engaged. Whether encouraging children to aspire to greatness or inspiring teenagers to find their own path, Paula has gained masses of experience in engaging young people with tales of adventure and excitement, while demonstrating the value of effort and self-belief.


1.45pm: In Conversation with my Camera

In the generation of online interviews, Instagram accounts racking up more than 5 times as many followers as the entire population of the UK and 300 hours worth of footage being uploaded to YouTube every minute, just how are you supposed to get your voice heard online? Join Aly Ford the creator of PsychoTraveller as she discusses how to speak to an audience that you can’t read, stand out in a sea full of voices and master the language that is YouTube.


3.20pm: Stand Out, Stand Up

Michael Clarke is a comedian, actor and poet. His unique absurdist and theatrical style has earned him a place in the final of numerous competitions, and he is fast becoming one of the rising stars of the UK comedy circuit. Alongside performing in some of the countries finest comedy clubs, Michael has brought his comic poetry to the stages of the Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse and many more. Join him to discover the key to making a success of performance poetry.


5pm: Hook, Line and Singer

Join Alan McClure, singer and chief songwriter of Alan & the big Hand, founding member of Lost Wasp Records and member of the Wee Folk Storytellers, for this whistle-stop tour of the music industry. Over the years McClure’s work has been played on local radio around the UK as well as on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music. This workshop will cover lyric writing through to performance techniques, come along and let your creative juices flow.


February 22
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Stove Network
100 High Street
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435


Wigtown: The Festival
01988 403222