New Successes for Bakehouse

"The Bakehouse is an exciting place to be," says Bakehouse Artistic Director, Chrys Salt, "despite all the cuts and chaos in the arts at the moment."

The ongoing success of Bakehouse readings and workshops has led to another coup for the venue as Book Trust Scotland has supported its planned Winter series of events and readings, “Telling Stories".

The Bakehouse has secured another five funded placements to bring in readers from across Scotland, and as ever The Bakehouse plans to support both national and local figures.

"This is excellent news," says John Hudson who devised the series with his colleagues. "We are building real momentum with these themed series and offering quality events on a monthly basis. It's what people deserve and need despite these somewhat austere times.

Coming up on November 29th The Bakehouse will host third gender poet and dramatist Dr. Jo Clifford who is currently Professor of Theatre and Bill Findlay Research Fellow in Plays in Translation at Queen Margaret University, and there are workshops planned in publishing and a further book launch from Markings featuring the poetry of theatre veteran, John Harrison whose work has been praised by Sir Peter Brook, Sir Nicholas Hytner and the late Paul Schofield.

The Bakehouse will be launching John Harrisons book, Messages from Milan, at the November reading.

‘Another excellent collection from the Markings stable’ says lead editor John ‘ The magazine may have lost its funding for the time being, but Markings Publications goes from strength to strength’.

"We have built our success on imaginative planning, good business management and the generous help of sponsors who believe in what we are doing," says Richard Macfarlane, Business Manager for The Bakehouse. "It’s this combination that allows us to plan ahead and bring, for example, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to Dumfries each year. We are particularly grateful for the ongoing support of all our sponsors.”

The Bakehouse is laying the ground to host another visit from Shakespeare’s Globe in 2012 (dates to be announced). ‘If we can secure the sponsorship, and we are open to offers from anyone who has the will to support us, they will bring Dominic Dromgoole’s production of Hamlet’, says Chrys, ‘We will do everything possible to make it happen’.