The Mearns Connection Festival celebrates the work of the three most famous people with links to The Mearns in the North East of Scotland.
Lewis Grassic Gibbon was the pseudonym of James Leslie Mitchell(13 February 1901 – 7 February 1935), a Scottish writer.
Born in Auchterless, and raised inArbuthnott in the former county ofKincardineshire, Mitchell started working as a journalist for the Aberdeen Journalin 1917 and later for the Farmers Weeklyfollowing a move to Glasgow. Around this time he was active with the British Socialist Party. In 1919 he joined theRoyal Army Service Corps and served inIran, India and Egypt before enlisting in the Royal Air Force in 1920. In the RAF he worked as a clerk and spent some time in the Middle East. He married Rebecca Middleton (known as "Ray") in 1925 and they settled in Welwyn Garden City. He began writing full-time in 1929. Mitchell wrote numerous books and shorter works under both his real name and his nom de plume before his early death in 1935 of peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer.
Mitchell attracted attention from his earliest attempts at fiction, notably fromH. G. Wells, but it was his trilogy entitledA Scots Quair, and in particular its first book Sunset Song, with which he made his mark. A Scots Quair, with its combination of stream-of-consciousness, lyrical use of dialect, and social realism, is considered to be among the defining works of the 20th century Scottish Renaissance. It tells the story of Chris Guthrie, a young woman growing up in the north-east of Scotland in the early 20th century. All three parts of the trilogy have been turned into serials by BBC Scotland, written by Bill Craig, with Vivien Heilbron as Chris. Spartacus, a novel set in the famous slave revolt, is his best-known full-length work outside this trilogy.
Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (18 May 1921 – 16 August 1963) was a British artist noted for her portraiture of street children in Glasgow and for her landscapes of the fishing village of Catterline and surroundings on the North-East coast of Scotland...... Read More
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets,[nb 1] was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a lightScots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest……Read More
The Annual Festival is to be held over a weeekend from Fri 15th August to Sun 17th Aug 2016.