BIG LIT : 18 – 21 July 2024

something for everyone, so something for you

Welcome to Big Lit 2024


We invite you to join us for our 2024 celebration of the literary arts live in the company of an array of fine performers from across Scotland and beyond.

Now in its fifteenth year, Big Lit is brought to you by Gatehouse-based arts organisation The Bakehouse Community Arts.  The Bakehouse was set up by poet Chrys Salt MBE and her husband Richard Macfarlane way back in 2005 and over the intervening years has brought a wealth of fine writers, musicians, artists, thinkers and performers to Gatehouse and the wider region.  Chrys and Richard stepped back from The Bakehouse at the beginning of this year and we wish them well for the future. With a new team in place we look forward to continuing their outstanding work.

We hope you enjoy this year’s Big Lit Festival which is being run in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival to whom we are very grateful in this transitional year.  We feature our usual mix of words, ideas and performance, with both new faces and some returning faces, in our hallmark relaxed and informal atmosphere.


Tickets are available from the Box Office:

The Gatehouse Store,
52 High Street, Gatehouse
open daily 7am – 5pm Monday-Saturday   8am-1pm Sunday

Tickets in advance or on the door

Or online via Ticketsource


BIG LIT is a small rural festival with a big heart and huge ambitions.

We’d be so grateful for your donation – however small – to help us realise them.