Sunday 22nd August

Below is our 2021 programme for information only. 
BigLit 2022 will run from 21-24 July.  We look forward to meeting you then.


A Dove Tales Event: Women and War

A third of the countries in the world are currently engaged in war, but the victims are most often non-combatants and most often women and children. Through words and music peace charity Dove Tales explores the many roles of women in war – victims and survivors, migrants, nurses, healers and occasionally warriors.

11.30 – 12.30 The River Room, Mill on the Fleet    Free

Mara Menzies: Blood and Gold

Enter the world of Blood and Gold, and let performance storyteller, Mara Menzies take you on a journey of tragedy, wonder and magic. Listen and watch as she explores African ancestry through tales of slavery, cruelty and colonisation, unearthing pride, love and sacrifice along the way. Her forthcoming book, Blood and Gold explores the themes of loss and oppression, while asking us to examine our own identities, attitudes, and humanity. 

"An exquisite piece of storytelling"- The Guardian (quote relates to the stage show)

13.30  – 14.30 The Faed Gallery, Mill on the Fleet    £8

Chrys Salt and Wendy Stewart: Weavers of Grass

In a multi-media performance award winning poet Chrys Salt and acclaimed harper Wendy Stewart weave the extraordinary story of Angus MacPhee, a crofter from S Uist  who was mobilised to the Faroes in WW2, fell ill with a form of schizophrenia and was hospitalised in a mental hospital outside Inverness for 50 years. Throughout his stay Angus chose to remain almost totally silent, but went about weaving amazing garments from the grass and leaves he harvested from the hospital grounds. Chrys and Wendy also explore the mysterious murder of Ötzi The Iceman, the 5000 mummy discovered in the Ötztal Alps in 1991, dressed in a grass matting cloak. 

‘I would declare that it's the best collaboration of this kind I've experienced’ (audience response)

 ‘This is a sequence of boldness and of sympathy; as unlikely as it may seem – and as mysterious - we may call it a meeting of imaginations’. Tom Pow: poet

15.30 – 16.30 The Faed Gallery, Mill on the Fleet    £8