Appeared: Saturday November 29th 2014

Chris Agee is the author of three books of poems, most recently Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He has also edited Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Salt, 2011) and The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and Scotland (Irish Pages, 2013). He is the Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Ireland’s premier literary journal, and currently the Keith Wright Literary Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Novelists at The Bakehouse: Catriona McPherson and Kate Tough

One up and coming. One up and come!

Appeared: Saturday October 25th


Multi-award winning novelist Catriona was born in Scotland in 1965 and now lives in California. She has written nine detectives stories set in Scotland in the 1920s. The latest is the Aberdeenshire-set DANDY GILVER AND THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS.

THE DAY SHE DIED, currently long listed for Kirkus Book Of The Year, is set in Dumfries and at Gatehouse and draws heavily on her ten years of living in New Galloway and sitting on the beach at Sandgreen staring at the Solway.
"Keep the lights on and batten down the hatches, for McPherson's psychologically terrifying stand-alone demands to be read all night ... a top-notch tale of modern gothic suspense" Library Journal.


Kate’s debut novel HEAD FOR THE EDGE, KEEP WALKING was selected for W H Smith’s summer travel book club, the Kindle Summer Sale and was ‘pick of the day’ on Radio Scotland. Achieved *****on Amazon, it has just secured a North American release.

Exciting new voice in Scottish literature. Keep an eye out for this one.” Kevin MacNeil

“A warm and ferociously witty tale of the s**t life throws at us and how to survive it. Truth rings from every page.” Zoe Strachan.

Wigtown Book Festival : Scottish Writers' Centre at The Bakehouse

Richie McCaffery

Appeared: Saturday 27th September 2014

Richie McCaffery's first pamphlet was 2012's Spinning Plates, followed by Ballast Flint. A former Hawthornden Fellow, he has twice been shortlisted for a Scottish Book Trust New Writer's Award. He is joined by Carolyn Richardson, Em Strang and David Mark Williams, three prominent local writers with exciting new work in the pipeline. (90 min).

Supported by Scottish Book Trust

Fields of War: Chrys Salt & Brian Johnstone

Appeared: Saturday March 29th

As part of the First World War Commemorations Chrys Salt and Brian Johnstone join forces to offer a moving programme of poetry, prose, film and music  evoking war and the losses of war from Flanders to Iraq – from the Blitz to Bosnia.

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A rug of a thousand colours: Tessa Ransford and Iyad Hayatleh

Appeared: Saturday February 22nd 2014

Arab poet Iyad Hayatleh and Scottish Poet Tessa Ransford present A Rug of a Thousand Colours a creative dialogue, in Arabic and English inspired by the five pillars of Islam. Iyad from the perspective of a Muslim from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria (now resident in Glasgow). Tessa from a Christian and Quaker background, with links to India and Pakistan. Tessa and Iyad will be happy to answer questions about the process of their fascinating collaboration.

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Burns Night at the Bakehouse: Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson

Appeared: Saturday January 25th 2014

For our 2014 Alternative Burns Night Celebrations we bring you two fantastically entertaining  poets for the price of one! Hugh and Stuart will read poems they’ve written about Burns and on some of Burns'  favourite themes, Scotland, sex, drink, folk I hate, the human condition......

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The Bakehouse Novel Writing Course

The Workshops:

Think you have a book in you? Held over two weekends, with the option of additional ongoing editorial support in between, our new Bakehouse Novel Writing Course gives you the opportunity and space  to really focus on  your creative writing. Whether you simply have the germ of an idea, or a work already in progress, our award-winning tutor Karen Campbell  will run a series of workshops designed  to stimulate and streamline the writing process, and inspire you to put pen to paper.

Weekend 1: Saturday February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd 2014
Time:  10.00-12.30 plus writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon

Weekend 2 : Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th 2014
Time: 10.00-12.30 plus writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon

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Margaret Elphinstone

Appeared: Tuesday November 26th 2013

Giving voice to the silent: writing a Stone Age novel

Author of Historical Fiction, Margaret Elphinstone, is at the forefront of Scottish Women Writers.  We are delighted to welcome her to The Bakehouse to celebrate BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND.

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Split Screen - Poetry inspired by film & television

Saturday, November 23rd 2013
A light hearted evening of poetry  on themes as wide-ranging as Julie Andrews, Star Trek, Jaws, Ealing Comedy, Bruce Lee and Inspector Morse.

Sally Evans, Sheila Templeton, Carolyn Richardson and Andy Jackson read from the Split Screen anthology (Red Squirrel Press 2012 ed. Andy Jackson) accompanied by visuals and music, with an innovative approach to poetry presentation, with a ‘commercial break’.  Poets represented are Ian McMillan, Clare Pollard, Tim Turnbull, George  Szirtes, Annie Freud and many more.

Followed by a launch of Donald Adamson’s first full-length collection

From Coiled Roots

Donald is a prize winning poet and translator. From Coiled Roots, explores life, landscapes and history in Finland and Scotland. His translations of Lassi Nummi have been described by Finnish Nobel Nominee Eeva Kilpi as ‘like the humming of the trees around our human suffering and joys.’

Environmental Art Festival Scotland

An Evening of Poetry & Prose by Kenneth White
Sunday 1st September : 7.00 for 7.30

Kenneth White, founder of the International Institute for Geopoetics has  long enjoyed an eminent international reputation and is now increasingly recognised in his own land as one of Scotland’s finest poets and most creative thinkers. The Bakehouse presents an evening of poetry and prose exploring the many ways in which geopoetics can both illuminate and challenge the world in which we live. With film footage of Kenneth  White,  an introduction to geopoetics by James McCarthy, Chairman of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and Kenneth White’s poetry read by Chrys Salt.
This is a Free event
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Place, Identity, Memory
30 August - 2nd September 11am-5pm
Exhibition on for all four days during the Core Festival Weekend.
IRIS a Dumfries and Galloway collective is interested in the artists’ book as a medium. IRIS presents an international exhibition of artists books which develop the idea of ‘place’, including seven panels by Will Maclean illustrating Kenneth White’s poem ‘The Island Road’.

Peter Marinker Performs Samuel Beckett’s ‘Company’

Saturday August 17th

7.00 for 7.30

Peter’s will be a well known voice to any Radio 4 addict but his many stage appearances are no less impressive. He has been a member of both The Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company, appeared in London’s West End. has played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, and founded The Godot Company with Beckett’s publisher John Calder. Film credits include United 93, Love Actually,  Event Horizon, Judge Dredd and The Emerald Forest. He has revoiced countless feature films and recorded numerous audio books including Joseph O’Connor's Star of the Sea, Geraldine Brooks' March and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Peter will be previewing an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s novella COMPANY at The Bakehouse prior to performing it at The International Beckett Festival in Enniskillen alongside the likes of Hollywood actress Winona Ryder, Fiona Shaw and Juliet Stevenson!

Some of you may remember seeing Peter’s wonderful performance at the Dumfries and Galloway Festival this year. We are delighted to welcome him back to Gatehouse.

Tickets: £7.00/£6.00 concs.

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