Friday

Katy Ewing and Donald Adamson: Bards for Breakfast

Friday April 20th

Poets Katy Ewing and Donald Adamson offer a croissant combo of idiosyncratic insights, ironies and illuminations.

'(Donald’s) writing combines gravitas with impish humour and sensitivity with intelligence.'  – Martin Bates

‘Katy Ewing is a curator of the places and times when the past rears up and recedes again, leaving us with a single, fragile, moment.' - Dr David Borthwick

10.00 – 11.00    Franca Brunos Free event.   £3.00 for croissants and coffee

Due to unforeseen circumstances Elspeth Brown is now unable to read at BIG LIT, but we are delighted Katy Ewing is able to take her place at short notice. 

 

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Joanna Lilley: In the Middle of Nowhere.

Friday April 20th

What makes us leave our family and roots behind and move thousands of miles away to ‘the middle of nowhere’? Why is moving to the back of beyond judged by some as opting out and others as making a dream come true? What is it that lured Joanna from her home in Scotland to the wilds of the Yukon? By sharing observations through her poetry, Joanna explores the complicated relationship many of us have with the places we’ve lived in and have chosen to leave, and her own evolution into a Canadian immigrant.

11.30 – 12.30 The Mill on The Fleet  £5.00

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Alison Searle: Love, Religion and Politics in the Letters of Samuel Rutherford

Friday April 20th

Alison Searle, academic fellow at the University of Leeds, examines the heady mixture of divine eroticism, political activism and passionate pastoral care that distinguishes the letters of Scottish Covenanter and Anwoth minister, Samuel Rutherford. Sent to a tight-knit network of correspondents during the British Civil Wars, these letters played a key role in strengthening the cause of Scottish Presbyterianism in Britain and making God’s presence palpable in daily life.

1.30- 2.30  The Mill on the Fleet  £5.00

(includes tea and biscuits)

Following Alison Searle’s presentation there will be an optional walk to The Rutherford Monument, led by Alison Searle and David Steel. It  leaves  The Mill Cafe at 3.00pm, weather permitting.

FREE.  All welcome. Strong footwear advisable.

 

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Ajay Close. The Scottish suffragettes: ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’

Friday April 20th

Suffragette Arabella Scott set fire to a racecourse stand, Frances Gordon to a mansion. Fanny Parker planted a bomb at Rabbie Burns’ cottage. Maude Edwards slashed the King’s portrait. Jailed in 1914, they refused to eat or drink, and were force fed by prison doctor Hugh Ferguson Watson. Ajay Close, novelist, playwright and award-winning journalist, will discuss the extraordinary characters who inspired her novel, A Petrol Scented Spring. The event includes photographs of the suffragettes and their targets.

3.00 – 4.00 The Mill on the Fleet  £5.00

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Chik Duncan and Jane Overton: The Random Tandem

Friday April 20th

After a sell-out appearance at last year’s BIG LIT  The Random Tandem is BACK with Chik Duncan – last year’s Poyum Performer in Residence at the Braemar Creative Arts Festival – and Jane Overton who spent the year committing random acts of poetic strangeness in aid of good causes. In the spirit of being random in tandem they haven’t a scooby what they’re going to do yet. Can you bear the suspense?

4.30 – 5.30 The Scone Kitchen  £4.95

(includes tea and scones).

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Iestyn Edwards: My Tutu Went AWOL

Friday April 20th

Unable to do a straight book talk, for whatever reason, Iestyn is bringing a Vaudeville version of his  best-selling memoir My Tutu Went AWOL ( pub: Unbound)  to BIG LIT. Classical ballet, opera, tallish stories. We follow him in his tutu touring for Combined Services Entertainment across the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan. Dressed down for drying his ballet tights on the anti-blast wall, for demanding his custard creams back from the President of Estonia to return to their rightful camels, hoiked offstage by Stacks, a fuming Royal Marine Commando, and dumped on the turret of the Naughty Tank.

‘Fascinating, moving, completely hilarious.’  Miranda Hart.  ‘Achingly funny!  Daily Mail.

7.30 – 9.00 The Mill on The Fleet  £10.00

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