Big Lit 2024 18-21 July

We invite you to join us for our 2024 celebration of the literary arts live in the company of an array of fine performers from across Scotland and beyond.

Now in its fifteenth year, Big Lit is brought to you by Gatehouse-based arts organisation The Bakehouse Community Arts.  The Bakehouse was set up by poet Chrys Salt MBE and her husband Richard Macfarlane way back in 2005 and over the intervening years has brought a wealth of fine writers, musicians, artists, thinkers and performers to Gatehouse and the wider region.  Chrys and Richard stepped back from The Bakehouse at the beginning of this year and we wish them well for the future. With a new team in place we look forward to continuing their outstanding work.

We hope you enjoy this year’s Big Lit Festival which is being run in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival to whom we are very grateful in this transitional year.  We feature our usual mix of words, ideas and performance, with both new faces and some returning faces, in our hallmark relaxed and informal atmosphere.


The full programme for Big Lit 2024 is available on the Big Lit website:


Tickets are available from the Box Office:

The Gatehouse Store,
52 High Street, Gatehouse
open daily 7am – 5pm Monday-Saturday   8am-1pm Sunday

Tickets in advance or on the door

Or online via Ticketsource


Book now


Bakings is The Bakehouse’s new online literary magazine – poems submitted by invitation alongside recordings of featured poets from previous Bakehouse events. Trawl through the site to find fine poetry from Scotland and beyond alongside film poems and illustrations. We’ll be sending videos out  intermittently to a growing national and international database. Videos have been filmed by artist Ken Smyth at The Bakehouse, or submitted courtesy of various clever folk on personal technology. Enjoy.