Wagtongues Saturday Programme @ The Switch On

WagTongues, Dumfries and Galloway’s only roaming pop-up bookshop, will be at the Stove from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28th November. Lose yourself in the land of literature, browse and buy books by local writers, and chat to authors all day. Come along if you’re an avid reader, aspiring writer or simply love words.


10am WagTongues Bookshop opens

10.30  Miller Caldwell

Miller Caldwell is the Society of Authors’ Events manager. He has written three children’s books; Chaz, the Friendly Crocodile, Danny the Spotless Dalmatian and Lawrence the Lion seeks Work. His adult fiction includes The Crazy Psychologist, (which was featured on BBC Orkney) and The Parrot’s Tale, a comic novel which starts and ends in Dumfries.

11am Thelma Hancock

Thelma Hancock was born in Cumberland, the setting for the most of her books. She started writing seriously in 2007 and has had 11 novels published to date, 10 of them being crime fiction. She is married with three children and is a registered nurse, a certified stoker and has also worked as a teacher and an interpreter. Thelma will be discussing her novel, Discarded Images.

11.30  Julie Bowmaker

Julie Bowmaker has written Tales of Fantasy and Magic, a collection of nine rhyming stories for children which is beautifully illustrated throughout by Langholm-based artist Margaret Walty. All profits from the book will be given to Alzheimer Scotland.

12.00  Lynn Otty

Lynn Otty is a Canadian writer who has lived in southwest Scotland for a considerable period. Her favourite pastime is people watching and much of her writing has evolved from idle hours spent in cafes eavesdropping on conversations and observing scenarios that she weaves into her poetry.

12.30  Angus Macmillan and Derek Ross

Angus Macmillan writes poetry in Gaelic and English and is co-editor of the literary magazine Southlight. He has recently completed a multi-media project on the River Urr, along with Lucy Harper and Davie Douglas. His reading with Derek Ross is from stoneworks, which draws on two poetry and photography exhibitions: Language and Light and Beyond the Wall.

Donald Adamson

1.30    Donald Adamson

Donald Adamson is a Dalbeattie poet and a translator from Finnish. He writes in English and Scots, has taught in France, Finland, Iran, Kuwait and was the co-founder of the literary magazine Markings. Donald is a past winner of the Herald Millennium Poetry Competition His published collections include From Coiled Roots (Indigo Dreams 2013), A Landscape Blossoms Within Me (from the Finnish of Eeva Kilpi, Arc 2014) and Glamourie (Indigo Dreams, 2015).

2pm    Chik Duncan

Chik Duncan writes mostly for performance, sometimes for children, sometimes with swearies. His set in Dumfries will probably start off in the gloom of Scottish Miserabilism but, as the optimistic tourist said of Scottish weather, it might brighten up later. He occasionally threatens to publish a chapbook. Probably not today.

2.30    Writing Workshop: Genre Bending.

Write a moment from your life in your chosen form – poetry or prose – then link with a partner to transmute their writing into the other whilst they transmute yours. A wonderful opportunity to experiment with form and to explore the voice in writing.

3.30    The Other I

Readings from the Genre Bending workshop.

4pm    WagTongues closes.

Wagtongues will also be open on Monday, 30th November as part of the Switch On @ The Stove, a word-themed weekend of events and activity in the run up to the Christmas Lights switch on in Dumfries. More details available here