June's Story Calendar Story is 'The Little Green Man' which comes from Sweethearts At Home (1912). It's a story for children (of all ages) but also interesting since the Bogle Thorn (the star of the story) has long since been lost, a victim of road straightening. The image above shows it in situ along the Laurieston (A762) road overlooking Grennoch (Woodhall) Loch.
May's Story Calendar is the opening chapter of The Raiders, Crockett's most famous book. Not least because of the line 'The moons of the months are wonderously different... and the moon of May is the loveliest in all the year' (Here's to our May full moon on 16th of this month)
The Chapter is read by Kenny Alexander.
Night in a Galloway Wood
To commemorate the anniversary of Crockett's death on April 16th, this story comes from 'Bog Myrtle and Peat' (1895) and is read by George T Wight.
The Siege of M'Lurg's Mill
The second story of Leeb Mclurg and her family (first one last month)
Published in The Stickit Minister and other common men in 1893, it can be downloaded to read for free HERE
Ensamples to the Flock
The first of two stories featuring 'Leeb' Mclurg of Mclurg's mill (a fictionalised version of Blates Mill in Laurieston). The second story will be read next month.
Published in 1893 in The Stickit Minister and other common men it can be downloaded to read for free in digital format HERE
The Glistering Beaches
Crockett's story of a boy and girl's search for the legendary 'Great Auk' is both poignant and funny.
It was published in the 1895 collection Bog Myrtle and Peat and can be downloaded to read for free in digital (PDF) format HERE
Barracloughs is a story of domestic abuse in the down at heel 'Little Dublin' area of a fictionalised Kirkcudbright. It is taken from a real murder story, repurposed by Crockett. It mixes realism with sensationalism.
The story was published in the 1908 volume The Bloom o' the Heather and can be downloaded to read in free digital (PDF) format HERE
Mac's Enteric Fever
Mac’s Enteric Fever. This humorous story comes from Crockett’s own student days in Edinburgh in the 1870s when he shared a flat with William Stewart MacGeorge (the ‘Mac’ of the story and a future widely respected artist). They lived together at 50 St Leonard’s Street (now demolished) overlooking Salisbury Crags.
The story is published in the 1895 collection ‘Bog Myrtle and Peat’. For a free downloadable PDF of this book click HERE.
S.R.Crockett’s sketches and short stories first found fame in the late 1880s in a variety of magazines. Many were later published in collections and he continued writing the short story form until his death in 1914 by which time he also had over sixty published novels. ‘Scotland’s forgotten bestseller’ benefits from being read aloud and to mark Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, members of The Galloway Raiders have taken the opportunity to record some of their favourite Crockett stories. These will be featured in the ‘Story Calendar’ each month during 2022. We hope you will enjoy listening to them, and that it may spark an interest in exploring Crockett’s work further.
Each month we will put up a story here in MP4 format. You can also view it on YouTube. For available stories see the sidebar. If you are interested in an MP3 file (just listening) please email email@example.com and we'll send you a file.