2016 is the 10th Anniversary of The Bakehouse. Since 2006, we have hosted many of the finest writers from Scotland and beyond. From the work of The Bakehouse sprang BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival which has gone from strength to strength since it began as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2011. This year it has grown even bigger, with the expansion of activities for young people, ably convened by Renita Boyle. Our mailing list has grown year on year. So has our ambition to do more and do it better. So whether you have small children underfoot, are an Archer’s fan, enjoy the work of Jane Austen, love the combination of music and poetry, are into contemporary writing or writing from other generations and cultures are interested in installation or exhibition – there will be something in this year’s BIG LIT programme you can enjoy. Come and help us celebrate Literature and the 10th Anniversary of THE BAKEHOUSE.
Chrys Salt MBE
Artistic Director of The Bakehouse and BIG LIT
BIG LIT 2016 is dedicated to the memory of Tessa Ransford OBE 1938 - 2015
Tessa Ransford was a fine poet, a cultural activist, a great supporter of the work of The Bakehouse and generous to the work of other writers. No one has done more for poetry in Scotland than Tessa. It is hard to imagine what the contemporary poetry scene would be like without the Scottish Poetry Library, the School of Poets, The Callum Macdonald Poetry Pamphlet Memorial Award and a host of other projects, all initiated and nurtured by Tessa. Tessa was awarded the OBE in 2000, and an honorary Doctorate by the University of Paisley in July 2003 for her work in The Good Cause of poetry. She will be greatly missed.