We wanted to create an opportunity to support a writer to engage and respond to the stories of our town. We are delighted to announce that our first residency was awarded to the writer and poet, Sheree Mack

What does Home mean to you?  Home is at the heart of this year of Homecoming Scotland’s 2014 celebrations. Taking this as my starting point, my proposal is to explore my own Scottish ancestry at the same time as collecting stories of Scotland’s and it’s people’s past within the present Dunbar community for the generations to come.

John Muir while writing The Story of My Boyhood and Youth in later life would have been remembering his childhood in Dunbar through the lens of all the places, the wildernesses he walked through in his adult life. Taking this as my inspiration, my proposal is to walk a particular stretches of John Muir’s Way each each visit while in residence.  

  I also see my role as being there to engage, inspire and mobilise the community through running a series of events such as writing workshops, readings and performances, competitions, talks and discussions, mentoring, editing and supporting the writers’ group as well as the festival as a whole

Throughout all these stages, I would be keeping my own reflective journal where I would hope to generate my own writing from.

Collecting Memories

Collecting memories. Something I have been doing for a few years now. I think my whole body of work is about memory. Family Album my first full collection of poetry was all about my family’s history; the stories that I had retained in memory, the narratives I had been told and the ones I choose to pass on to the next generation. 

The Stories In The Land

Bass Rock, a mile and a half off shore from Dunbar in the Firth of Forth is just seven acres in total. In its time, it has been home to a hermitage, a chapel, a castle, a garrison of 100 soldiers and a prison. Now it is the closest sea bird sanctuary to the mainland, home for birds - northern gannets. Quite a lot of them – 120,000 occupied nest sites during the peak season.

Fabricating Stories with the Writing Mums

Friday, 31st January saw me return to Dunbar as I was asked to facilitate a session with the newly formed Writing Mums group.