A programme of writing events is running at the National Trust for Scotland’s Barry Mill this summer, thanks to a generous grant from Creative Scotland.
The £13,880 funding means that local author Sandra Ireland will not only work at the historic mill over the next year on her second novel, but also that she will lead a series of literary-themed workshops for visitors.
The next event is a family writing workshop on 16 July. Taking inspiration from the mill and its work, Sandra Ireland will guide families through the process of writing a short story or poem that captures the Barry Mill experience.
Sandra said: “I’m always amazed at how the mill can trigger strong reactions and emotional responses, resulting in some really powerful work. Past participants have also had a chance to showcase their poetry and stories at a special mill event, and we hope to repeat that this year.”
Sandra is currently writing her second novel which will feature a fictionalised version of Barry Mill.
Her debut, Beneath the Skin, is published by Polygon in September. This psychological thriller peels back the skin of one modern family to reveal the wounds no one wants to see. It deals with the effects of trauma and how facing up to vulnerability is sometimes the only way to let go of the past.
A mill has been onsite at this spot in Angus since at least 1539, but the current building was built in 1814, after fire. Barry Mill is one of a handful of remaining water mills in Scotland and the only place where the public can experience milling demonstrations up close.