High Street Multiverse

High Street Multiverse

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Welcome to Dumfries High Street.

In this place, whole worlds of stories and sorrows, memories and hopes as vivid and colourful as your own, exist within each passer-by.

A multiverse, an ever-growing web of realities sprawl and spin from the smallest encounter. New futures are written and re-written all at once, each stemming from the consequences of actions so subtle, they are barely felt. But the ripple of each of our choices resonates beyond now… and alters the realities we all share.

So step inside… what story will you find?

High Street Multiverse is a digital, public art project supported by Dumfries & Galloway Unlimited. Working with 6 emerging writers from the region, this unique initiative is supporting writers to craft six individual audio stories to be placed within the town centre of Dumfries, through a specially designed series of QR light sculptures, the artworks will immerse listeners into new imaginative worlds, traversing time and space.

High Street Multiverse – The Writers

Davey Payne

My poetry has been described as ‘punk’. It provides a social commentary yet also conjures the wider natural world around us and the insignificance of our time amidst it. It is also has a predilection for the psychogeography of my native Dumfries. I feel like an imposter, but I’m honoured to be involved in this project and hope to evoke a sense of its timeless charm.

Carolyn Hashimoto

Hi. My name is Carolyn Hashimoto, and I’m a poet, writer and editor living in Annan. I’ve just completed my master’s degree in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, and my debut pamphlet of handwritten and visual poetry The Chips Are Down Here in Lockdown was published earlier this year by Orange Apple Press. My work blends the written with the visual, facts with fiction and unflinching reality with wild imaginings, to help me delve deeper into social and political issues that can be hard to tackle head on. This could explain my current obsession with creating hats and headpieces to compliment my written work! As well as my own writing, I am also the founder and editor of Skirting Around – an online journal which examines the politics and emotions surrounding women’s clothing, through creative writing and visual art. My writing has also been published in Gutter, 3:AM Magazine, From Glasgow to Saturn-algia, Blue House Journal, and perverse.

Cameron Philips

I started writing short stories when I was a teenager. On occasion they would amuse my English teacher who encouraged this behaviour. Since then I have written a stage play about a recently deceased writer from Eastriggs, a historical feature script about the Dumfries Witch Trials and a short film called Robotics that was screened in Cannes in 2013. I’m also currently working on a book about alien life in a small Scottish town that’s best described as ‘X-Files meets Hamish McBeth’.I mostly write sci-fi with a Scottish sense of humour. I’m also looking into writing a 1980’s style text adventure computer game. This project excites me because it’s a chance to meet and learn from professional writers based in Dumfries and Galloway. It’s also a fantastic combination of public art, technology and story telling. 

Kris Haddow

Kris is a playwright, poet and performer who was born in Dumfries and raised in Upper Nithsdale. He has won awards for his poetry and prose written in Scots dialect, including his poem On Times Austere. This was engraved in glass and installed at The Globe Inn, Dumfries after winning Windows for Burns Night in 2012, and can still be visited today. In 2011, Ronnie’s Story won the national short fiction contest run by ‘see me’ Scotland.

Jasmine McMillan

I am a secondary school student who is new to having my work put out there. I like writing stories that are quite surreal and spooky. I have been writing for a while, but I have never taken part in a project like this before and I am excited for it! 

I am excited about this project because it is a great opportunity to work with other writers and combine our different ideas and perspectives and work towards something people can engage with in the town.

Scott McGill

Scott is a Dalbeattie based writer working in spoken word, poetry, and narrative fiction. After leaving Dumfries and Galloway when he was 18, Scott has resided in many places in various countries, travelling here and there, but has returned to the region to be closer to his family and is excited by the imagination and creativity growing within Dumfries.

I’ve been letting the pen walk as my thoughts talk, no intention, just inspiration, and it leads to a spoken word style, mixing in alliteration, rhythm and rhyme, bringing in complex contexts, aiming to uplift and enlighten, or even just relate to, anyone who reads or hears it. 

I have a visually descriptive way of writing (or so I’m told) that paints pictures and creates scenes that people can see and feel.I write poems, playing with words for fun, letting my imagination run free.I write for personal inspiration, words that help me, and others, in the future. I write random parts (not always the start) of stories I’d love to continue with. But mostly I write to share the care I feel in my heart, without letting my head get in the way.’

The Mentors:

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels. She graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s Creative Writing Masters, and is the recipient of an SAC New Writers Award and a Creative Scotland Bursary. Before turning to writing, she was a police officer in Glasgow, and then a press officer with Glasgow City Council. She also tutors and mentors in creative writing, and was recently Writer in Residence at Dumfries & Galloway Council. Her eighth novel ‘Paper Cup’ will be published by Canongate in June 2022.

More at www.karencampbell.scot

Des Dillon

Des Dillon is an award-winning poet, writer, dramatist, and scriptwriter whose work has been published and performed across Europe and in America

Karl Drinkwater

Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

More at www.karldrinkwater.uk

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