Des Dillon

Muscle Work, Alcohol and Blame

County Buildings
In person event
Thu 30 Sep
14:00 UK

One of Scotland's leading writers, Des Dillon, has been described by Dr Linda Jackson of the University of Strathclyde as having the ‘keen eye of the hunter and the bountiful heart of a lion’. Twenty-one years of living with Galloway's seascapes and landscapes has nudged some of Dillon's Coatbridge steel aside and made its own special place in his writing. Working with Wigtown's Second Sands Publishing, Des launches his new collection of poetry and art, Muscle Work, Alcohol and Blame.

About the author: Des Dillon is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer from Scotland. He studied English Literature and Popular Culture and later taught English. Des is a poet, short story writer, novelist and dramatist; he is also a scriptwriter for radio and screen. His novel, Me and Ma Gal, was included on the list of 100 Greatest Ever Scottish Books. 

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