Galloway is known for its stars and the Dark Skies in Galloway can be looked at in different ways. You can appreciate them as a scientist or an artist or, of course, both! This free event celebrates the combining of science and art that created Oor Big Braw Cosmos – A Cocktail of Cosmic Science, Imagery & Poetry. This book has been jointly written by The Astronomer Royal (and semi-pro magician), John Brown, and Rab Wilson, Scriever in Residence for the National Trust for Scotland. Come and blether to the authors in Kirkcudbright, soon to be the home of a new Dark Skies visitor centre. John and Rab will chat about astronomy, poetry and what the universe means to them with Elizabeth Tindal, Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger, against a background of images and readings from Oor Big Braw Cosmos. This event is aimed primarily at an adult audience, although children will be welcomed as they are the scientists and artists of the future. A second free and family-friendly event is being held at Glentrool, where the authors and Elizabeth will go out into the night to see the universe for real. There will be stargazing and readings from the book out in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. There will be time for a chat and book signing after the event.