BigLit2020 Online

LIVE 16-30 OCTOBER 2020

BIG LIT has gone digital.  We should have been delivering BIG LIT at the end of April. But Coronavirus intervened. So undeterred we grasped the digital nettle and are bringing you a selection of events, tasters and brand new offerings in our online programme, hoping against hope we can bring you BIG LIT Live in 2021. We are delighted to bring you this virtual programme of interviews, talks, poetry, music and film - a selection of the fantastic events postponed from April. 

Each event is a self-contained film; some we have recorded ourselves where we were able, others have been provided for us, kindly recorded by the artists themselves. 
The events are all available here from 16th October and will remain live on the site until the 30th October.  

We are very grateful to our performers for going the extra mile to help us pull this programme together. We hope you enjoy it. 

View the full programme here:

BIG LIT 2019 - Looking back

BIG LIT 2019 offered five bumper days of poetry, launches, ideas, prose, film, puppetry, history, workshops, politics, music and cabaret not to mention a children’s programme of magical time travel, folk tale and madcappery for four local schools!

We hosted a mixed bag of the best local talent and talent from further afield including Booker Prize nominee Bernard MacLaverty, Sue Lawrence a former Master Chef Winner, Janis Mackay, a winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award and Donald S Murray whose work was shortlisted for a coveted Best First Novel Award – and there was a delicious tasting of award winning cheeses from The Ethical Dairy up at Rainton. Awards all round! 

The Dumfries and Galloway Jazz Orchestra made a welcome first appearance at BIG LIT along with an evening Cabaret at the Mill on The Fleet celebrating songs of the late, great Adrian Mitchell with his daughter the singer Sasha Mitchell accompanied by musician Peter Moser. And Scotland’s story featured large – its history told from the point of view of women who lived it, the benefits of Scottish cooking, the story of the Scottish clarsach, and how The Church of Scotland rose to the challenges of The Great War with BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym – now so brilliantly fronting BBC’s coverage of the Covid-19 outbreak. We had a memoir about Scottish novelist Muriel Spark, and a commemoration of The Battle of George Square, Glasgow in John MacLean’s centenary year - how he became the early hero of radical Scottish Independence.

It’s a difficult programme to beat, but watch this space for next line up once this awful pandemic is behind us. BIG LIT gets bigger and better every year!

Here are some pictures from BIG LIT 2019 to whet your appetite.