From its inception in 2003 the Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch has raised £112,349, which has been used 100% to support locally based students.
This years guest speakers are Jenny Brown and Rachel McCormack.
Jenny Brown is the founder of Jenny Brown Associates, one of the UK’s foremost literary agencies. Established in 2002, it now represents over eighty writers of fiction and children’s literature.Immediately after graduating from the University of Aberdeen, where she read English, Jenny set about organising the first Edinburgh International Book Festival which she directed for a decade; she is now its Vice-Chair. Jenny went on to become Head of Literature for the Scottish Arts Council. Her work for the Council included a programme of financial aid specifically for new writers of children’s fiction; the first person to apply was the then unpublished J K Rowling; the Arts Council’s initial bursary supported the creation of Harry Potter. In 2004, Jenny was one of four founders of the campaign to make Edinburgh the first UNESCO City of Literature. Jenny is also the Chair of Bloody Scotland, the literary festival for writers and readers of crime fiction.In June of this year Jenny was made Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, of Saint Andrews University.
Daughter of a Macallan drinker, Rachel McCormack is a food writer and broadcaster whose first book, Chasing the Dram, finding the spirit of whisky was published by Simon and Schuster in July 2017. She is regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News, and she has also appeared on other BBC radio programmes including The Chris Evans Show, Making History and From Our Own Correspondent. When she isn’t writing or broadcasting she can generally be found thinking she should be doing some exercise while cooking and drinking whisky.