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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
On the trail of the wolf

THE Big Bad Wolf has been spotted on the loose around Dumfries.

A series of murals have sprung up around town depicting the storybook baddie and his prey, the Three Little Pigs.

The artworks, by Heather Cumming, are part of the Story Book Dumfries initiative to promote the town as a home for children’s literature in Scotland.

Heather has created the Story Book Trail – using shadow art – which references a variety of stories and writers, including J M Barrie and Rabbie Burns.

She said: “The concept behind the art trail is that the Big Bad Wolf is on the prowl around town! I created shadow art to depict the wolf creeping around town, stalking popular characters from classic children’s tales and Peter Pan as well as a few wee courin timorous beasties from Burns.

“Shadow art seemed the perfect choice for characters lurking about and hiding. The concept of shadows is also an important theme in the story of Peter Pan as Peter’s shadow is captured and he and Tinker Bell have to retrieve it.”

The story trail locations included in the route are Gracefield Arts Centre and Moat Brae, the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and the birthplace of Peter Pan.

Trail-seekers can also go to the Ewart Library to make their own Story Book creatures or get selfies dressed as characters from a multitude of tales.

The Story Book Dumfries project is being led by Wigtown Festival Company and creative director, Adrian Turpin said: “The Story Book Dumfries initiative will aim to celebrate children’s literature in all its forms and build on the opportunity that the opening of the National Centre for Children’s Literature at Moat Brae offers the town and the region.”


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