Chair : Christine Ashworth

Vice Chair & Secretary : Jane Richardson

Treasurer : Eleanor Chesters

Website : Vivien Jones






"Alchemy' Launch event at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet

28th October 2017



from an e-mail from our host, Chrys Salt,


'Just a quickie from an unseasonably warm London to say thank you so much for your professional and entertaining contribution to the last Bakehouse event. I had read many of the contributions in Alchemy, but your performances really brought them alive. A fantastic evening all round I thought'.






Dumfries Museum celebrates National Poetry Day



Crichton will be celebrating National Poetry Day on Thursday, 28 September at Dumfries Museum at 6.30pm with readings from their latest anthology, ‘Alchemy’.


National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. This year’s National Poetry Day theme is Freedom. The Dumfries-based Crichton Writers will be reading poems celebrating Dumfries and Galloway’s wild beauty, history and whisky, whilst reflecting on two of the region’s greatest proponents of freedom, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The Crichton Writers’ new book, ‘Alchemy’, was inspired by a visit to the restored Annandale Distillery. Established in 1836, the distillery closed in 1918 but was meticulously restored by Professor David Thomson, resuming production in 2014.


“The genesis of the book was a tour of the distillery led by Professor Thomson which revealed the hard science and arcane mystery of whisky distilling, as well as the long history of the site at Annandale,” said Jane Richardson, Chair of the Crichton Writers. Jane continued, “It was the start of a writing odyssey over the peaks of poetry and the heights of fiction and narrative. We’re delighted with the destinations created and the opportunity to share them at Dumfries Museum, whose collections reflect so much of the nature and history in the book.”


The event is free to attend, and tea and coffee will be served.





Isobel Mary Gibson & Eleanor Chesters, two of the Crichton Writers






Big Lit 2017

at Gatehouse of Fleet



Crichton Writers at The Mill - a lovely reading very well received.






The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs

Sunday  13th December 


A most convivial meeting of Crichton Writers and Powfoot Writers

in this most interesting museum -

these opportunities to network with other writers are

valuable to all parties.

The Museum was most welcoming and would like to stage more events of this kind. Note for the future.







Flash Fiction Forum

a workshop led by Crichton Writers

Saturday 5th September

Carlisle Cathedral Fratry



An open mic style event, hosted by Crichton Writers from Dumfries & Galloway. Bring along a flash fiction (max 500 words – no minimum) to read and discuss. What is flash fiction? How did it begin? How has as it developed? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Join in the debate, and the practice.









Crichton Writers regularly generate new work over various genres in prose and poetry. They perform readings across Dumfries and Galloway and work from time to time in collaboration with artists, musicians and other local writer groups.





Crichton Writers at the 2015 'Guid Nychburris' Festival

launching 'Across The Fence'





Big Lit Weekend

at Gatehouse of Fleet


several members read their work to a standing room only audience

at Franca Bruno's cafe, and several more had poems

in shop and house windows up and down the Main Street.







September : Several members took the train from Dumfries to Carlisle to lead a writing workshop at Tullie House Museum, part of the first Borderlines Book Festival, working from objects in the collections.


Earlier in the day, Vivien Jones led a 90 minute short story writing workshop in the

Education Room, which drew some interest in the group. 



another cross-Border activity from Dumfries & Galloway was the WagTongues

Pop-Up Bookshop in the town's library - CW10, our most recent anthology among an impreesive showcase of books written and/or produced in Dumfries & Galloway.






Christmas Gathering at The Moreig Hotel, Dumfries

December 2013 



Scottish Book Week 2013



10 year's endeavour



lovely to see an audience so engaged


CW10 - our tenth birthday publication




We took on the task of creating a book in ten distinct genres of writing to demonstrate the diverse talents and interests of our members. Our anthology has an introduction by Tom Pow, who tutored the original members in Creative Writing at the Crichton Campus of the University of Glasgow in 2002. 










After a stimulating workshop on writing from nature, led by Barbara Mearns,

some of us went to Nona Lous Tearoom and there enjoyed our lunch and the birthday cake they made for us - chocolate and orange - delicious !









Crichton Writers' Anthologies in print





2011 - poetry and prose on food and drink


in Dumfries & Galloway



and from their cabaret lunchtime at The Swallow Theatre









2010 - a memoir album with photographs





In 2009 the group project was a celebration of sculptor, Elizabeth Waugh, in her 80th year. 'Words & Bronze' a CD of new writing and was produced, along with a reading and exhibition of 3-D poems at The Wigtown Book Festival.







           2008 on local archaeology              2007 on gardens and gardening         2006 with artist Sheila Mullen               


Each year the group decides on a writing project for publication and/or performance and this will be the focus of many of its meetings. With a high proportion of published writers in its number, stimulus workshops are often led by members though sometimes writers in a specialised genre may be engaged for particular purposes. Participation in such projects is not compulsory - often members drop in at meetings to touch base, to ask for advice or comment - the emphasis is on consensual activity. 




    2005 with Wigtown                                2005 with                                     2004 with

          Scribblers                               The Galloway Consort                        Dumfries Writers




For a copy of our latest publication 'Across the Fence', or for previous publications

ask here.