Sunday July 30th


Southlight is a well established literary and arts journal based in Dumfries and Galloway.  Writers and illustrators from across Scotland and beyond have work in Southlight 33.  This event will feature brief readings from some of the contributors and a chance to talk with the editors and writers about the magazine.  Always a convivial event in beautiful surroundings.

11.30-12.30  River Room  Free

Don Paterson, Graeme Stephen and Lisa Brockwell
… And all that Jazz!

Digest your lunch in louche bohemian style and join Don Paterson (in his jazz hat) and Graeme Stephen, one of Scotland’s finest musicians, for an outbreak of jazz and poetry – also featuring the leading Australian poet Lisa Brockwell – author of Earth Girls and The Round Ring (Pitt Street), and some poems from Don. The guitar duo will smack it straight down the fairway with a selection from the Great American Songbook, and will either take or politely ignore requests from the audience. 

2.00-3.00  The Faed Gallery  £8

Wanderlust Women : ‘Extra Baggage’  

Following the success of their collection Wanderlust Women at BIG LIT last year, the Wanderlust trio ARE BACK with their new collection  ‘Wanderlust Women: Extra Baggage’, launched in Glasgow in June 2023. In this collaborative collection Lesley Benzie, Donna Campbell and Linda Jackson still ‘travel’  but in the worlds of love, lust & loss, the personal and universal. They consider those aspects of life, amongst others, that can feel like ‘extra baggage’.

At its best poetry can be both empathetic and transformative. This is it, at its best. Hugh McMillan, poet.

Wit, heartbreak, joy – if poems can be lacerating encounters, here they are. Dive into, ‘Extra Baggage’ and pull out some pure gems. These women are at the top of their game. (Mairi Murphy, poet) 

4.00-5.00  The Faed Gallery  £5.00

Festival Exhibition
Ken Smyth Illustration

An exhibition of illustrations by Ken Smyth for Chrys Salt’s poem sequence on the Iraq war.  The illustrations were used for two short films by Ken based on two of the poems which were set to music by composer Kat Gillham in 2018.  The two films will be showing as part of the exhibition.

An alternative musical interpretation of the poem sequence forms part of this year’s programme on Thursday 27th with Chrys reading alongside composer and saxophonist Richard Ingham. 

Thursday 27 – Sunday 30  10am – 4pm
The Bakehouse Studio   Free