Join Hugh McMillan and friends Stuart A. Paterson and Annie Wright to celebrate their new writing and poetry on World Book Day. 

Tickets: £ 6 available at Thomas Tosh. Phone to book: Tel:01848 331 553 or click the button below to buy tickets online now.

Hugh McMillan is an excellent reader of his work and has entertained audiences in literary festivals across the globe including the Cuirt and Cuisle in Ireland, Stanza and Wigtown in Scotland and Edmonton in Canada. His selected poems ‘Not Actually being in Dumfries’ has just been published and is garnering excellent reviews. In March his reprinted book ‘McMillan’s Galloway, an Unreliable Journey’ will be published described already as an “outrageous tour de force.”

“Hugh McMillan's poems are special, at once local, personal and universal. Treat yourself.” Andrew Greig

“His poems simultaneously move and entertain.” Lesley Glaister“

One of the funniest readers I’ve ever heard.” Ali Smith

“He is in my opinion one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary poetic voices.” Alistair Findlay

Stuart A. Paterson is an award-winning poet & performer in Scots and English. ‘Border Lines’, a collection of poems about Dumfries and Galloway, was published by Indigo Dreams in August 2015. His first collection of poems in Scots. ‘Aye’, will be published by Tapsalteerie Press in 2016. He was one of the New Generation of Scottish poets featured in Dream State: The New Scottish Poets (Polygon 1994/2002), for which he wrote the title poem. He also had work featured in Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century: An Anthology (Scottish Cultural Press), A Year in Poetry: A Treasury of Classic and Modern Verses (Random House) and, more recently, Scotia Nova: Poems For The Early Days Of A Better Nation, (Luath Press 2015). His work has recently appeared in magazines & newspapers in Australia, the USA, Canada & South Africa.

“The powerful imagery in Stuart A Paterson’s poems feeds the mind’s eye, perfectly capturing the ever-changing landscape, sea, sky and elements of his home on the Solway Firth.”  Carol Hogarth, Dumfries and Galloway Life

“The poems might convince you to visit Dumfries & Galloway, but these are no Tourist Board verses. Deep in the heart of Scotland something has stirred, and this collection of fine poems is the sound of the rustling undergrowth.”          Andy Jackson, Dundee University Review of the Arts


Annie Wright’s pamphlet collection Including Sex was published by The Bay Press. Her first full collection, Redemption Songs, was published by Arrowhead Press.

The poems bristle with nervous energy. They make a style out of vulnerability... the book is a testament to poetry as discovery and surprise. She makes it hard for her reader to look away. (Fred D'Aguiar)

Annie's work has been published in anthologies, including: Short and Sweet (Penguin Books), Northern Grit, Rewriting The Map, Collecting Stones and Love in Vane (Vane Women Press), North by North-East (IRON Press) and Ink on Paper (Mudfog Press and mima).

Annie recently moved to Wallaceton and is finishing her next collection, Dangerous Pursuit of Yellow, inspired by the interplay between the visual arts, music and writing.