I had 'Rebecca' (Daphne du Maurier) and she had ' I Capture the Castle'
(Dodie Smith) We had a 'meet the author' event in the Wild Science Festival with Sara Maitland, very well attended and a stimulating evening.
I'm an editor of 'Southlight' magazine and we were invited to take part in the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, which included Big Lit day in Gatehouse of Fleet, an opportunity to launch number 13 at three 'Southlight Stage' events. So I persuaded my fellow editors and the organiser (Chrys Salt) that one of the events could happen here, again at the hotel. Result was very gratifying, the event ran overtime because there were thirteen volunteer readers from the floor (inexperience on my part - take note, 'two pieces' doesn't mean two short stories) but it was great to introduce visitors to the village and its shoreline.
So, feeling very expansive, I've applied successfully to create a writing project for the Environmental Festival here in September, which will produce a public reading and a small publication from two workshops in the month before, from observing the shore here, recording impressions, gathering small objects and then developing work through peer support. It seems to me that very many more people would write than do, if only there was an outlet and support for their work. It's very often the first pieces that hurt to get out the most - the Powfoot Writing Group that started here in 2010 is well past the stage of being tentative - they are about to publish a second book - Skylines - after the first one - Shorelines - sold its first 150 copies within a week.
I'm hoping that a mixture of new writers and more experienced writers, some with specialist knowledge of the flora and fauna and geology of the area, will produce some new, informed, creative work for a small book. If you are interested in taking part get in touch with me, though there will be a brochure and website for the whole festival soon. My project is called 'Tidemark'.