BigLit LIVE & Online

Welcome to BIG LIT’s 10th Anniversary LIVE. Something for everyone, so something for YOU.

Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd August 2021

BIG LIT was due to celebrate its 10th Anniversary last year but Covid intervened and 5000 lovely shiny BIG LIT brochures landed in the bin! Undaunted (well only a little daunted), we mounted a virtual BIG LIT with several generous 2020 authors stepping up to the virtual plate. So BIG LIT 2021 really is our 10th anniversary LIVE.
Because it’s a special year, for many reasons, we have invited back a few BIG LIT favourites: Annette Badland of Outlander, Midsomer Murders, East Enders fame, Karin Fernald, known for her entertaining lectures and dramatised talks. Booker Prize winner George Szirtes is back with a writers’ workshop and prize winning memoir, and Queen’s Gold Medallist for Poetry Don Paterson, who not only writes wonderful poetry but plays a mean jazz guitar, is coming with top jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen.  Add to these a rich selection of locally sourced events and performers from further afield and you’ll find a programme fizzing with literary talent
Join us for a Festival all things literary - a digital programme, launches, book talks, an exhibition, history, biography, poetry, jazz, workshop, politics, music and a programme for young people. We aim to make all our offerings, stimulating, fun and accessible: an eclectic mix of talent, local and national. 
We dedicate BIG LIT 2021 to the memory the poet/writer Brian Johnstone, a friend and colleague who loved BIG LIT and brought so many fantastic events to our Festival.  We miss him.

Chrys Salt MBE Artistic Director of The Bakehouse Community Arts and BIG LIT.

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.

Contact Us

44 The High Street,
Gatehouse of Fleet,
Dumfries & Galloway,
Scotland DG7 2HP

P: 01557 814175
M: 07891 803027

The Bakehouse


Our Sponsors

Gatehouse Development Initiative
The Holywood Trust
The Scottish Book Trust
Events Scotland
DG Unlimited
Cavers and Co 
The Masonic Arms
McMillan Hotels
The Crafty Crow
The Mill on the Fleet
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Cream o’ Galloway
The Barfil Trust 
The Murray Usher Foundation
The Community Council 
Creative Scotland
William Syson Foundation

TBCA is grateful to all our sponsors, venues, volunteers and performers for making BIIG LIT such a success year on year.