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Words project celebrates 2nd birthday

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A CELEBRATION of writing, speaking and singing is taking place in Dumfries this evening, with the second birthday of Brave New Words.

The monthly initiative through The Stove Network in the town’s High Street is marking its second anniversary with an extraordinary mix of performance by local poets and songwriters – and a special ‘end of the world’ theme.

Organiser Martin Joseph O’Neill said: “It has been an incredible two years for Brave New Words, with some amazing talent on show from all ages and backgrounds.

“We’re really looking forward to celebrating this Friday, and to what the next year has in store.”

The open mic night is part of The Stove’s mission to bring vibrancy to evenings in the town centre.

Through various performances, the event aims to challenge stigmas and stereotypes, whilst offering support to those willing to make a positive and impactful change in their home town and beyond.

Over the past two years, Brave New Words has been a staple event in the heart of Dumfries, attracting emerging writers, performers, singer/songwriters, comedians and even magicians.

It has showcased some of the biggest names in the spoken word and poetry scene, both locally and internationally, and continues to run workshops with schools and community groups on creative writing and performance.

To celebrate their second birthday, Brave New Words created a special zine for the night, supported by the Stove Network’s ‘Bounce Back’ project.

A workshop was held at the start of September to help create ‘Not Safe for Work’ – a zine made from collage material and HMRC documents.

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