Karen Campbell, Hugh McMillan & Gerda Stevenson

Local Legends

County Buildings
Fri 23 Sep
18:30 UK

Join us to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, as we begin the festival with premier performances of two traditional Galloway tales reimagined for today. What would happen if a supernatural being descended upon Bladnoch? How might an ancient family tragedy at Cardoness echo through history? Writers Karen Campbell and Hugh McMillan revisit classic local legends in new works commissioned by Wigtown Book Festival. They will be joined by one of Scotland’s best-loved actors, Gerda Stevenson, who will read William Nicholson’s classic, The Brownie of Blednoch

About the Authors

A former police constable, Karen Campbell has published eight novels. In 2009 she was named Best New Scottish Writer at the Scottish Variety Awards. She was writer in residence at Dumfries & Galloway Council in 2021.

Hugh McMillan is a poet from Penpont in Dumfries & Galloway. His work has been published widely in Scotland and beyond and he has won various prizes, most recently the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2017 for Sheep Penned.

Gerda Stevenson is a Scottish actress, director, playwright, poet and short-story writer who appeared in the film Braveheart. Her theatre productions have toured the world, she has written extensively for radio and was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year in the MG Alba Trad Awards for an album of her own songs, Night Touches Day.

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Copies of Hugh McMillan's book Haphazardly in the Starless Night can be found here.

Copies of Hugh McMillan's book Whit If? can be found here.

Copies of Gerda Stevenson's book Quines: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland can be found here and Letting Go : A Timeline for Tales can be found here

Copies of Karen Campbell's book The Sound of Hours can be found here and Paper Cup can be found here.

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