Literature Festival for Young People Comes to Dumfries Town Centre – Hooked

On Saturday 8th April, The Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries will host ‘Hooked’; a day-festival for young adults aged between 13 and 25 who are passionate about literature and the arts.

The event is devised by Wigtown The Festival (WTF), Wigtown Festival Company’s young adult team, and run in conjunction with The Stove Network. Some of Scotland’s most talented writers, illustrators, spoken-word artists and musicians will be running various workshops and discussion throughout the day, in which young adults are invited to come along and be a part of.


The day kicks off with a workshop run by Vivian French and Debi Gliori, in which they will help you to devise a character within an exciting and original story. Karen Campbell, a former police officer who changed career to become a novelist, will be leading a practical fun-filled flash fiction workshop at 12pm. At 1.30pm spoken word performer and BBC Slam Champion, Jenny Lindsay will be sharing her top tips for an outstanding vocal performance, with the opportunity for participants to learn, write and perform their own original material. YouTube star Jen Ross will lead a discussion at 3.15pm about life online and how to become a successful YouTuber. Also at 3.15pm, Edinburgh College of Art teacher, Astrid Jaekel will lead a workshop which takes inspiration from Peter Pan’s adventures to create intricate papercuts exploring characters and motifs from the story.


At 4.30pm, Declan Walsh and Liam McCormick will help participants to focus on developing their writing habits and master their craft, and at 6.30pm Glasgow-based singer and songwriter Becci Wallace will help you create a song in your chosen style by collectively creating the lyrics, structure and melody. Concluding the day-festival, Declan Walsh and Liam McCormick will host an evening of spoken word at 8pm, in which participants are invited to perform their work in front of a live audience. Between 10am and 4pm, author Karen Campbell will also be in The Stove offering short, informal one-to-one sessions to help writers take the next step with their work.


Previous experience is not necessary. All events are free, but ticketed. Tickets are available online at www.wigtownbookfestival.com or by telephoning 01988403222. Email [email protected] for one-to-one sessions with Karen Campbell.


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