Three Literature Ambassadors are working across Dumfries & Galloway to support the development of writers and artists in their local areas.

 

The team works independently and collectively to improve local and regional networks which connect artists and writers and to support the text-based work that takes place across the region.

 

Vivien Jones, ambassador for Annandale and Eskdale. She has recently completed Southlight 23 to be launched at the Big Lit weekend in Gatehouse-of-Fleet in April 2018.

 

Eryl Shields, ambassador for Nithsdale, has facilitated creative writing workshops throughout the region; helped stage a variety of literary events, often with music; created and run a journalling course to help writers and artists with the creative process, and set up a poetry group in Moffat. She has strong links with Moffat Book Events, Moffat Music Live and The Stove. She has had work published in a variety of media, is currently working on a collection, and emphatically believes that the creative process is the key to a better life.

 

Jayne Baldwin is the ambassador for Wigtownshire providing a link for a number of writing groups in the area and she also facilitates The Open Book Writers in Wigtown. She provides support, advice and signposting for emerging and established writers and maintains close links with the Wagtongues collective to enable a region wide voice for those based in the west. Jayne organised the Beach Hut Writers in Residence event for a second year as part of the Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail which featured writers from Dumfries, Port William and Carlisle. Jayne's latest children's book 'Maxwell's Mega Mission' was launched in June and in August her company Curly Tale Books had titles featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first time. Her 2013 non fiction book 'Mary Timney, Road to the Gallows' is about to be published in a third edition by Clayhole Publishing and she is currently working on a revision of her first book 'West Over the Waves, The Final Flight of Elsie Mackay'.