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This festival is about the spirit of place, and I’m privileged to be asked to open it. Place is about the people in it, and how they interact and live happily together. As for my personal continuity here, there can’t be many doctors who can say that they delivered the granddaughter of a baby they delivered 40 years before! I’m in awe of the humanity, the resilience and the sense of belonging that lie deep in the hearts of the people of the nearby Stinchar Valley. There’s more to be said, not just by me, but by all of the speakers. Please come, listen and join in our conversations!
Des Dillon is an award-winning poet, writer, dramatist, and scriptwriter whose work has been published and performed across Europe and America. His writing is critically acclaimed, popular and sometimes controversial, often addressing the elitism that creates under-classes. He wrote Singing I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim, considered Scottish Theatre’s most successful contemporary play. A product of the Coatbridge Irish, he is a natural storyteller, as is evident in his classic novel Me and My Gal.
Audrey is a world-renowned international artist from W. Lothian. She began painting angels in 2014, since when she has received 16 international awards, including the coveted Leonardo da Vinci Golden World Cup. She has designed her own range with a top Italian Fashion House, exhibited her work in many countries and this year has a solo exhibition at Whitespace Gallery in Edinburgh.
Heather’s background is in engineering, but she moved back to Scotland 3 years ago to run Littleton Farm, near Turnberry—marketing as Balsar Glen—with her father, Philip. They raise native breed cattle on the farm, hardy creatures who have evolved to thrive in our climate. Heather and her father are part of a small, but growing band of regenerative farmers in the UK, who work to understand and support nature’s contribution to their farm health.
Born in Girvan, Gilbert Browne is an artist, and an angler. He has travelled extensively and lived in London and Istanbul. His passionate approach to life has resulted in an overlap of his art and his angling: the two have produced a philosophy on the environment and he is a dedicated conservationist. He has exhibited at the RA Summer Show, and his work has been exhibited in the USA, Japan, and countless other places. His work will also be on display at our art exhibition at the Wee School Art Space.
Ralph is a writer and musician from Ealing, West London. He combines performing with promoting local grassroots music. Ralph is the author of On the Trail of Americana Music, a walk through the history and diaspora of American roots music. He introduces a special anthology for 2022, Rock’s Diamond Year, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the birth of British blues rock, and the locations that nurtured it.
Rory is an enthusiastic, amateur photographer, and has been a member of the Girvan Camera Club for many years. His favourite subject is landscape, although he will try most subjects. He loves photographing Scotland in particular. His work on Girvan and its surrounding environment will be known by many.
Jacquelyn graduated with a BA(Hons) from Gray’s School of Art in 1996. Her artistic work revolves around issues of the feminine. She tends towards the use of detritus in her work: the often overlooked and discarded ephemera of life, like soap, blood, hair and dead flowers. The language of her work is essentially domestic, and has roots in the philosophy of Feminism and the Victorian obsession with Memento Mori. She is currently investigating ageing, specifically the Alzheimer’s which her mother had.
Brian is a confirmed “Plantaholic”, who was a textile designer, and who retired from his own textiles company at the age of 31 to run his own plant nursery. The nursery is based on the family farm, Holmes Farm, at Drybridge in Ayrshire. Holmes Farm Plants opened in 2006, specialising in unusual perennials, alpines and shrubs. The garden is the working stock beds and display area for his private collection of plants. He is best known for his Iris collection, which number over 400. He is always happy to share advice and growing tips to get the best effect for your garden.
Recently retired Girvan vet, Alan Jeans writes books under the pen-name Alan Jones. Born and raised in Glasgow, Alan has lived and worked in Girvan since 1987. He has been writing for the last ten years or so, and has published crime novels, The Cabinetmaker, Blue Wicked and Bloq. He has also recently published The Sturmtaucher Trilogy, a historical Holocaust fiction trilogy. He is a volunteer with the Girvan RNLI.
The choir was formed in 1980, and has a repertoire ranging from plainsong and renaissance music to the a cappella staples of the 20th century and more contemporary work. The choir is self-funding, and performs regularly at Durham and York Minsters. They have toured widely abroad, recorded for BBC Radio 2,3,and 4, and have released a CD of Scottish part songs. The choir has been led by its Musical Director, Alan Tavener, BEM since its foundation, and is assisted by the associate conductor, Michael Graham.
This concert will be principally Scottish: choral settings of renaissance Scottish poets and of Robert Burns, plus some new works with words b Alexander McCall Smith, of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency fame.
Recently formed by our Community Co-ordinator, Mary Corbey, “Dainty Doily” offers the chance to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a delicious, home-baked scone (or two). The “Dainty Doily” staff will provide cream teas–all in traditional waitress wear, with the background of some vintage music.