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The Creative Coathanger festival of arts was launched this week by MP Calum Kerr, and there are several events planned for Selkirk.

While much of the festival is centred around Galashiels, Souters have a lot to look forward to as well, with many established events being hung on the virtual coathanger.

One is Selkirk Sessions, the annual folk music festival, which takes place in the town’s hostelries and clubrooms over the weekend of October 7-9.

And next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 11 local artists will be opening Wasps studios to the public – an event that attracts up to 600 visitors to view a diverse range of work by the artists, exploring their working environment, and enjoying a programme of arts workshops for all ages, talks, demonstrations, live music and plenty of good home baking.

The artists based in the studios work across textiles, painting, mosaic, sculpture, print, film, and puppetry.

The event is free, and runs from 10-5pm both days.

For further information on workshops, visit the Selkirk Wasps website or Facebook page.

Also under the Creative Coathanger banner, a new pop-up exhibition of artworks made by young Borderers will take place at Abbotsford.

The King of the Clarty Hole: Sir Walter Scott Meets the Youth has seen the youngsters work with staff from the National Galleries of Scotland’s community outreach team to explore the literary and historical heritage of their area.

The exhibition takes place on October 1-2.

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