Mill Event – September 17 at The Draw 3-5 pm – Free, open to the public.
On September 17, The Mill, A Place for Writers, in cooperation with The Draw community arts center, will present a reading of Gillian Shirreffs’ play, Croy Shore.
Croy Shore is set in Scotland. “It centers on the lives of Craig and Sarah Anderson, a couple whose relationship is threatened when disease enters their marriage as an uninvited guest. Into this fragile world, an old flame appears,” Shirreffs said.
Doors open at 3 P.M., starting with a time when past, present, and prospective members of The Mill can meet and talk with each other, and with Mill teachers. The reading of Croy Shore will begin at 4 P.M. The Draw community arts center is located at 800 S. Lawe St. Appleton, WI.
Gillian Shirreffs grew up in Stirlingshire, Scotland. She gained an MA in English Language from the University of Glasgow before embarking on a business career that led her to live and work in the US, France and Austria. Having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, she began writing as a way to explore the odd world of illness into which she had been thrust. Her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies of Scottish writing. In 2014 she gained an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. During this time she ran a successful letter-writing project that encouraged non-writers to tell their own MS diagnosis stories. This culminated in a book of letters, Step Inside MS, and a weeklong exhibition in the Scottish Parliament. In August 2015 her play, Croy Shore, was performed in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts as part of a showcase of emerging Scottish talent. She moved to Neenah last summer and is onThe Mill’s Board of Directors.