BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival 2018


BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival 2018

 BIG LIT: The Stewartry’s very own BOOK Festival – four days of jam-packed literary events.

BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival is only a few weeks away. April 19– 22 Brochures are going out, and tickets are now available either online for our full programme, or at Franca Bruno’s shop in Gatehouse of Fleet. The Franca Bruno Shop  Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

Once again we are hosting some of the finest writers, musicians and performers both local and national and celebrating two important anniversaries   - 100 years of women’s suffrage with the feisty antics of the real life Scottish suffragettes personified in Ajay Close’s fine novel ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’ and the centenary of the end of WW1 with some unexpected war verse from Robert W Service brought by popular BIG LIT regular, actor and broadcaster Peter Marinker.

WagTongues will be back. Southlight will be back.

We’ll have the music and lyrics of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan (brought by the team that brought BIG LIT’s sell out Leonard Cohen event last year) classical music of WW1 composers, Edinburgh Fringe First winning theatre and a writer who has been off entertaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in a tutu!

Yet another Bill Barlow interactive installation should spark the imagination and there’s something for everyone in our young person’s strand spearheaded by award winning children’s writer Chrissie Gittins who will entertain children from three Primary Schools accompanied, she says ‘by a bossy beetroot, a dive-bombing lark, a very cute newt and a jar full of stars’. She’ll also be running an inspiring workshop for local writers on how to write great poetry for children.

A new Peace Charity Dove Tales launches its first anthology with Palestinian refugee writer Iyad Hayatleh in discussion with award winning journalist Jean Rafferty.

Whether it be Bards for Breakfast, ukuleles, launches, a magical woodland trail, a guided walk, politics, poetry, prose, the heady correspondence of Samuel Rutherford, buskers, popup books stalls, guerrilla poetry or a trip on a random tandem you are bound to find something to tickle your literary fancy.

‘We have four days packed with talent, ideas, comedy and surprises, with something for anyone’ says Chrys Salt MBE, Artistic Director of The Bakehouse and Convener of BIG LIT. ‘Our audience is growing, more and more local venues are taking part and we have an even wider variety of events packed in to our four day programme. Keep your eyes on our website for extra events.’

Many BIG LIT events are free - others are as cheap as chips. Come and join the BIG LIT Party in Gatehouse of Fleet. It will be buzzing! Tickets are on sale now and booking has begun.