JoAnne McKay and Karen Campbell

Atlas Pandemica

Wigtown Parish Church
In person event
Wed 29 Sep
16:00 UK

Join local writers JoAnne McKay and Karen Campbell as they discuss their contributions to the ‘Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World’ project. Conceived by The Stove Network, the project produced 10 creatively led investigations, each exploring a theme highlighted by life during the COVID pandemic in Dumfries & Galloway and designed to encourage innovative approaches in charting the impacts and learning from the pandemic, trying to navigate the way forward into a more hopeful and shared future.

JoAnne set out to research the extent and nature of what remains from earlier pandemics in our public archives and museums and in our civic and sacred spaces. Karen was writer in residence within D&G Council, using a mix of workshops and one-to-one discussions to write ‘Here Is Our Story’, a collection of short stories and monologues, all fictional but founded on the real-life experiences of Council staff during the initial COVID response. 

About the authors: JoAnne McKay is a widely published poet who has appeared at literary festivals throughout the country. JoAnne currently works at Dumfries Museum. Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, most recently The Sound of the Hours, Rise and This is Where I Am, all published by Bloomsbury Circus. Karen is an experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, working with organisations such as Scottish PEN, Moniack Mhor and Wigtown.

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