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.


The Apple’s Song : Edwin Morgan

April 27, 2020 would have been Edwin Morgan’s 100th Birthday. The Bakehouse celebrates his Centenary with one of his poems and a message from his friend Liz Lochhead  - Makar, or National Poet of Scotland between 2011 and 2016.  

‘The best thing about being a writer,’ says Liz, ‘is you can be anybody apart from yourself – anything apart from yourself. You can give anything you like a voice all of its own. If you are willing - as he was always - to let your imagination really listen deep. And to play… ‘The Apple’s Song' is one of my favourite of Eddie’s poems’ 


Tap me with your finger, 

rub me with your sleeve, 

hold me, sniff me, peel me 

curling round and round 

till I burst out white and cold 

from my tight red coat 

and tingle in your palm 

as if I’d melt and breathe 

a living pomander 

waiting for the moment 

of joy when you lift me 

to your mouth and crush me 

and in taste and fragrance 

I race through your head 

in my dizzy dissolve.

I sit in the bowl 

in my cool corner 

and watch you as you pass 

smoothing your apron. 

Are you thirsty yet? 

My eyes are shining.

Much more along with full details of what is planned for his centenary year can be found on the Edwin Morgan Trust website:




BIG LIT postponement due to Covid-19

It is with great regret that Bakehouse Community arts is postponing BIG LIT until it is deemed safe to hold it once again. 

Given we are now in the midst of a Covid 19 pandemic and the modelling of the virus’s trajectory puts the height of infection bang in the middle of BIG LIT, and given the elderly demographic of our audience, the fact that many of our performers come from across the UK and beyond and the likelihood of audiences staying away because they are afraid to travel, we feel postponing BIG LIT until it is safe again is the wisest course.
We are grateful to our participants for their supportive and generous response to our decision.

Chrys Salt MBE, Artistic Director of The Bakehouse Community Arts and BIG LIT.