A programme of writing events is running at the National Trust for Scotland’s Barry Mill near Carnoustie 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 July 16.
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.
A mill has been onsite at this spot in Angus since at least 1539, but the current building was built in 1814, after a fire.