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We are a membership organisation and work with Dumfries and Galloway's creative and cultural sector, advocating, supporting and giving creatives a collective voice.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to support the creative sector with a variety of networking events, creative professional development, and funding opportunities.
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Welcome to our Winter edition and while the weather is firmly stuck at the cold end of the thermometer, there is warmth and light inside this issue of FOCUS.
Cosy up and enjoy our latest showcase of creativity from around Dumfries and Galloway. It has been lovely reading all the Festive Traditions contributed by our creative friends from around the region, and as always, I have had the pleasure of connecting with our contributors, hearing their news, and seeing the results of their creative endeavours. We catch up with Andy Stewart, Producer for the Wigtown Festival Company and thanks to UPLAND, Leeming + Paterson, and a whole host of partners and feathered friends, we see the beauty of an Artful Migration.
Kathleen Hart, Author, and friend of DG Unlimited has written us a seasonal short fiction; emerging Poet Davey Payne shares two brand new poems with us, and Author Sarah Thomas brings us A Shared Light and a glimpse of her Nordic journey. Kim Ayres and Katie J Anderson share their work with us, and Mostly Ghostly, The DG Life Awards Culture Champions give us a glimpse of their busy winter. We have a selection of creative recommended reads for you, and dates for your diary right through into early 2024.
At this time of year, we tend to feel tired, and it can get noisy and feel stressful at times. It can seem like the season of dark cold nights, catching colds, and not enough time! But there is always time – time for you, for a breather, a chance to reflect, to enjoy a warm cuppa, and to engage in something creative. Start with enjoying this issue.
Wishing you all warmth, light, enjoying this time of year in the way you and yours like to. From all of us here at DG Unlimited, to all of you.
Tabi Mudaliar, Editor of FOCUS Magazine, Director DG Unlimited.
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There is a Place is a piece of art in its own right.
DG Unlimited commissioned Creative Producer, Tabitha Mudaliar, and Filmmaker James Alcock to create a 6-minute film which would capture the extraordinary creative talent being demonstrated in Dumfries and Galloway.
Emerging poet, Celia Donovan narrates the film with an eery performance of her poem, commissioned for the film. Ralph Kinsella’s original scored ads atmosphere and an evocative soundtrack. The creativity, words, and music are expertly brought together through James' beautiful and perceptive cinematography.