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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Poet in place

POET and performer Skye Loneraghan has been chosen as writer in residence for this year's Spring Fling and Wigtown Book Festival.

The overall theme of her residency will be “curiosity as currency” and she plans to engage visitors to both events with poetry.
She said: “Part of the residency involves exchanging a poem for a moment in time. It’s a gentle and non-intrusive approach that arouses their curiosity and sparks a dialogue.
“Once you open a dialogue with someone the response tends to be really positive.”
Skye then plans to write a suite of poems, or new writing, in response to Spring Fling that she will perform at Wigtown.
An Edinburgh Fringe First and Sydney Poetry Prize winner, she contributed to Creative Scotland’s Cultural Programme surrounding the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and has 20 years of experience in poetry, playwriting and performance.
Welcoming her appointment, Clara Hanna, for Spring Fling, said: “We love the way Skye gently draws people in because they are intrigued to find out who she is and what she’s doing.
“Skye is perfectly placed to work in ways that will be really appealing to the audiences for Spring Fling and Wigtown. The residency is a really good example of how two of Scotland’s leading events can get people involved in different areas of the arts in fun and imaginative ways.”
And Adrian Turpin, director of Wigtown Book Festival, added: “We can’t wait to see how she interprets the visual richness of Spring Fling on the page and the stage. We’re very lucky to have found her.”

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