Big Lit 2021 - Live and Online

Welcome to BIG LIT’s 10th Anniversary LIVE. Something for everyone, so something for YOU.

View this year's programme here:

BIG LIT was due to celebrate its 10th Anniversary last year but Covid intervened and 5000 lovely shiny BIG LIT brochures landed in the bin! Undaunted (well only a little daunted), we mounted a virtual BIG LIT with several generous 2020 authors stepping up to the virtual plate. So BIG LIT 2021 really is our 10th anniversary LIVE.
Because it’s a special year, for many reasons, we have invited back a few BIG LIT favourites: Annette Badland of Outlander, Midsomer Murders, East Enders fame, Karin Fernald, known for her entertaining lectures and dramatised talks. Booker Prize winner George Szirtes is back with a writers’ workshop and prize winning memoir, and Queen’s Gold Medallist for Poetry Don Paterson, who not only writes wonderful poetry but plays a mean jazz guitar, is coming with top jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen.  Add to these a rich selection of locally sourced events and performers from further afield and you’ll find a programme fizzing with literary talent
Join us for a Festival all things literary - a digital programme, launches, book talks, an exhibition, history, events for young people, biography, poetry, jazz, workshop, politics, music and a programme for young people. We aim to make all our offerings, stimulating, fun and accessible: an eclectic mix of talent, local and national. 
We dedicate BIG LIT 2021 to the memory the poet/writer Brian Johnstone, a friend and colleague who loved BIG LIT and brought so many fantastic events to our Festival.  We miss him.

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


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.