Castle Loch Workshop, 30 June 2016

Today, we picked up our pencils and notepads and we headed into the wilderness … at least, as far as Lochmaben!

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Arriving at Lochfield Cottage on a dreek morning!

Lockerbie Writers travelled to Lochfield Cottage, on the banks of Castle Loch, Lochmaben. The cottage was recently purchased by the local community trust and, thanks to the work of their tireless volunteers, it has been transformed into a comfortable and well-equipped meeting place and visitor centre.

The writers were warmly welcomed by Darren Flint and given some history and information about the area and its wildlife.

The group were also lucky enough to hear from Donald Greig, who spoke about his background in travel publishing, and his life-long love of writing and editing. Donald and Darren recently co-wrote a travel guide to our local area, Dumfries and Galloway: Local, characterful guides to Britain’s Special Places (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel Series), 2015),
which is available to buy on Amazon and at a number of local book retailers.

Afterwards, the group took a walk around a small section of Castle Loch, before returning to the cottage to produce a piece of writing based on their initial impressions.

The writing which the group produced was very visual and colourful, taking cues from the weather, as well as thinking about the contrast between the natural environment and the proximity of the main road. This made for some interesting pieces.

Lockerbie Writers left Castle Loch full of energy and inspiration – what was next? Where would our rough scribblings lead? I’ll bet: to something fantastic.

Lochfield Cottage are running a ‘pop-up’ visitor centre from 12noon – 4pm, every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August 2016. They offer information about the area and wildlife, as well as refreshments and children’s activities.

Groups are also warmly welcomed, and sessions can be tailored to suit your interests, just as ours was today. Further information can be found at:

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A couple of the group taking in the view.

Exhibition Opening Night

On Friday night, an exciting new exhibition by Lewanna Stewart was officially opened. The event took place at Eskdalemuir Community Hub, a beautiful and spacious venue with plenty of natural light, perfect for viewing Lewanna’s fantastic work.

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Before the event, at Eskdalemuir Community Hub.

On show were a number of Lewanna’s original illustrations for the recently-published Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology, alongside some of her working sketches. The illustrations had been framed and were available to buy.

The evening was an opportunity to hear from the illustrator herself, to listen to short readings from some members of Lockerbie Writers, and to mingle and ask questions. Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology was also available to buy.

Paula reads from the book.
Chris reading to a captive audience.
‘Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology’ on sale.

The evening was well-attended, and the Lockerbie Writers members were delighted to see Lewanna’s beautiful illustrations framed and on display in such a nice venue.

The exhibition runs throughout June, with the illustrations and anthology on sale. For opening times and more details, please visit Eskdalemuir Community Hub’s wesbite.

Thank you to Lewanna Stewart for all of her hard work in organising and setting up this exhibition – Lockerbie Writers hope that it is a success for her, and remain grateful to her for providing such perfect illustrations for the anthology.

Thank you too to Lockerbie Writers member Chris Openshaw for providing these photographs.