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We Fire the Dark 1
JoAnne McKay

23rd March 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Dr Grierson’s Museum, Thornhill c. 1965 Image: James Williams, courtesy of Dumfries Museum
The first of three readings

See also: 30 April; 18 May
Free | Booking advised

In this series of three readings, poet JoAnne McKay will draw on the Running Catalogue of Dr Grierson’s Museum in Thornhill. Grierson lived in Thornhill for nearly fifty years, opening his museum to the public in 1872 and in his catalogue recording its 1252 objects and detailing from where and from whom they were acquired. Combining readings from the catalogue itself, along with a fascinating mix of archival material and her own poetry, these different strands will be woven together to give us a unique insight in to this remarkable document, its author and their legacy.

JoAnne McKay was born in Essex and served as a police officer in the south-west of England before moving to Dumfriesshire two decades ago. She has published four poetry pamphlets and has appeared at Literary Festivals throughout the UK. Her work has been prize-winning, widely published and anthologised. She currently works at Dumfries Museum

With grateful thanks to the staff of Dumfries Museum for their support and access to Grierson’s papers


23rd March 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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