Unbelievable! It’s BIG LIT’s 10th Anniversary this year, so a time for anniversaries and celebrations all round.
This year we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. Edwin Morgan’s Centenary with much loved former Scot’s Makar and National Poet of Scotland, Liz Lochhead. BIG LIT holds hands with world-wide celebrations for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary and the 200th anniversary of Scotland’s ‘Radical War’ through a very timely new book, The Fight for Scottish Democracy – this alongside addressing the pressing issue of climate change with a Cumbrian author and climate change activist . Not much to celebrate there though! Join us for four days of all things literary - launches, book talks, installation, history, biography, poetry, theatre, exhibition, workshop, politics, music, stand up and a rich programme for young people. Trawl through our brochure. There’s a Golden Globe nominee, a Booker Prize Winner, a reluctant spy, a look inside the head of Rabbie Burns, things about Dumfries you never knew, a play about an unconventional Pulitzer Prize Winner, and the 2017 winner of a Creative Edinburgh Award who fronts our Young People’s Programme in local Primaries. Something for everyone, so something for you! We aim to make all our offerings challenging, fun and accessible: an eclectic mix of talent, local, national and international.
Many, many thanks to The Barfil Trust, The Murray Usher Foundation, The Holywood Trust, The Scottish Book Trust, The Gatehouse Development Initiative, The Gatehouse Community Council, The Regional Arts Fund, local businesses and supporters, Friends of The Bakehouse and other project funders - not to mention our trusty band of volunteers. Because of them we are able to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in style and bring some of the finest talent to the beautiful Galloway towns of Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright for our 10th Anniversary Literary Bonanza. Have a ball.
Chrys Salt MBE Artistic Director of The Bakehouse Community Arts and BIG LIT.