BIG LIT is back for the 9th year - five bumper days of all things literary. ‘Scotland’s story is writ large at BIG LIT this year’ says Artistic Director Chrys Salt MBE, ‘we are thrilled to be hosting Hugh Pym, well known of course as BBC Health Editor, but on this occasion talking about how, as an Elder of The Church of Scotland, he got involved in a new book - Scots in Great War London about Scottish soldiers passing through London on their way to and from the trenches’. There’s more Scottish history from Henry Bell - recent winner of a New Writer Award. ‘We are so delighted for him’ says Chrys. Bell examines the momentous life of ‘Red Hero of Clydeside: John MacLean, and how he became the early hero of radical Scottish Independence.
The Herald’s Associate Editor Alan Taylor’s Appointment in Arezzo fondly charts a path through the times he spent with his friend the famed Scottish novelist Muriel Spark - while his wife Rosemary Goring explores Scotland’s history through the stories of women who lived it from the saintly but severe Queen Margaret to Nicola Sturgeon.
BIG LIT also celebrates Scottish cooking and what a healthy Scottish diet would look like. Sue Lawrence, food writer and a former Master Chef winner will be speaking up at Cream o’Galloway alongside a tasting of The Ethical Dairy’s award winning Scottish cheeses. Sue has a new novel out too!
Donald S Murray in Kirkcudbright Galleries will discuss his novel about the sinking of the HMY Iolaire in Stornoway Harbour in 1919, killing over 200 servicemen on their way home from war. He’s accompanied by Gaelic singing star Ceiltin Smith with more Scottish music and song at The Mill on the Fleet from acclaimed harper Wendy Stewart who explores the history of the iconic Scottish clarsach.