A collaborative, cornucopia of cosmopolitan, musical camaraderie. The Ukaladies, Elias .T. Hoth, and Susi Woodmass will endeavour to do justice to our modern day musical poets. The likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Tom Waits to name but a few. Come along. Join in and sing along with these great poets that we all grew up with.

Sunday 23rd  12.30 – 1.30    Franca Brunos Shop    Lunch £6.95

BIG LIT brings you The Love Song of a Lonely Man - a recent composition with music and words by composer and multi-instumentalist Geoff Keating, and Telleman’s light hearted Don Quixote Suite. Peter Hutchison on contrabassoon, Nick Riley on continuo with poet Chik Duncan as ‘the lonely man, and actor/ broadcaster Peter Marinker ‘one of the finest voices on radio’ as the mercurial Don Quixote.

Sunday 23rd 2.00 – 3.00    Gatehouse Parish Church    £8.00 

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The Cairn Chorus, bring a selection of the beautifully diverse Cairn Valley Song Cycle to life as the finale of this year’s Big Lit Festival. Cairn Valley Song Cycle is a very special set of songs newly commissioned by Moniaive Festival Village as part of their Creative Places Award.  Seven local and internationally acclaimed composers explore their response to the extraordinary sense of community and rich landscape of the Cairn Valley.  Inspired by local writers such as Rumer Godden, poets including Norman McCaig and Cairn Chorus’ own Roddy Fairley, and local artist Andy Goldsworthy, the composers write about home, belonging and sense of place.   

Sunday 23rd 3.30 – 5.00    Gatehouse Parish Church    £8.00

£12 for The Sulwath Strings and The Cairn Chorus DOUBLE BILL

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John Blandy is a landscape painter, and works in pastel on site. This remarkable film brings together a sequence of pastels painted over many days and in all seasons between 2003 and 2004 

Blandy works towards the idea by making extended series following particular places over long periods. Three current projects are ‘Follow a lime tree’ in Queens Park started in 1997, ‘Seacourt’ a stream near Oxford and ‘Hornbeam’ an iconic tree in Wytham Wood.

April 20 – 23   The Mill on the Fleet    Free

Original and extraordinary text-related art work on exhibition and for sale

in The Bakehouse Studio by seven talented and innovative artists from

Intertwine - Galloway Textile Collective - comprised of professional textile artists, living and working in Dumfries & Galloway.

April 20 – 23  10.30 – 4.30   

The Bakehouse Studio