Next event at The Digital Bakehouse



Moniza Alvi and Caroline Smith

May 29th  7.15 for 7.30pm

The Bakehouse is thrilled to bring together this brace of award winning poets on our virtual stage. Boy are they impressive!  Caroline’s most recent poetry book, ‘The Immigration Handbook’ (Pub: Seren Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes award and has been translated into Italian. She has twice been one of the winners in the prestigious Troubadour Competition. Moniza's first collection The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Whitbread poetry prizes. Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition  (Bloodaxe, 2013) were both Poetry Book Society Choices and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. 

‘Moniza.. is a skilled storyteller, recounting the extraordinary in the voice of the everyday, so that we accept the miraculous as something we need… London Magazine.

‘The Immigration Handbook (by Caroline Smith) was certainly the most moving and inspiring book of poems I read last year. It really is a major book of political poems; I find it hard to think of a comparably successful achievement in that area’. Bernard O’Donoghue (poet)

Caroline and Moniza will be followed by our traditional Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate. Open mic readers selected on a first come, first served basis from those who apply to read.  

The event will be streamed via Zoom.  If you would like to join our audience, or be one of our open mic readers let me know soonest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We’ll send you the relevant Zoom link to join nearer the time. 

We look forward to seeing you on May 29th  at our fourth digital event of the season. If you’ve ‘been’ before, you’ll know you are in for another Bakehouse treat

 Booking is essential so we know who to ‘admit’.

Kathleen Jamie : 10 April 2021

The Bakehouse was delighted to host Kathleen Jamie as our third virtual guest of 2021. Awards include the prestigious Eric Gregory Award, The Forward Prize, and the Scottish Book of the Year Award to name but a few. Reviews for both poetry and prose are laudatory. Kathleen read from her ’Selected Poems’ and her new, hybrid forms.



March 6th   7.15 for 7.30pm

Who better to follow the stunning success of our Burns Night Event with Gerda Stevenson than John Glenday - shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, The Griffin International Poetry Prize, The Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of Year and winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize. John will read from his two most recent publications: the Selected Poems, encompassing work published between the late 1980’s and 2020, and ‘The Firth’ his most recent pamphlet. He’ll share stories from his own childhood growing up on the Tay Estuary and explore wider issues of landscape and heritage and belonging. Should be a great night!

‘a poet who constantly blindsides and move us, whose direct and pure lyric brings us, again and again, face-to-face with the mystery of our being here’

A haunting music full of subtlety of thought and religious echoes’ The Guardian

John will be followed by our traditional Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate, a little less fickle than usual featuring the first 10 poets who apply to read.  If you would like to join our audience, or be one our open mic readers let me know soonest on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; We will send you the relevant link nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you on March 6th for another brilliant night at The Bakehouse. Booking is essential, as places are limited.



Burns Night at The Bakehouse goes digital

with Gerda Stevenson

January 30th 7.15 for 7.30pm

Multi talented Gerda Stevenson is a writer/actor/director/singer/songwriter and recipient of far more awards and accolades to mention, including a BAFTA, as well as nominations for the MG Alba Trad Music Awards Scots Singer of the Year, and the Critics Awards for Theatre, Scotland – we could go on and on and on.....Reviews for her work include comments like “One of the most beautiful books ever published in Scotland” – The National – and “Fabulous. A ground-breaker of a book” – Jackie Kay on QUINES in the Observer. So what an enormous privilege for The Bakehouse to host her as our Burns Night Guest!  Expect poems, songs and the requisite seasoning of The Bard as befits the occasion.

Gerda will be followed by our traditional Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate, a little less fickle than usual featuring the first 10 poets who have applied to read.

If you would like to join our audience, let me know soonest on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will send you the relevant link nearer the time.

Booking is essential, as places are limited.


Book Week 2020


The Bakehouse Community Arts and Saraband Books have collaborated on a film specifically designed to entertain Care Home residents across Scotland during Book Week November 16th – 22nd and beyond.

The Bakehouse Community Arts’ film is called “A Letter to my Younger Self” - a feast of poetry and songs residents might have enjoyed when younger. Singer and performer Tony Bonning is joined by Scottish-based writers Tom Pow and Gerda Stevenson, with celebrity performers actor Annette Badland and Gyles Brandreth reading poems loved by older family or friends.


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Joy Hendry and Katy Ewing

Saturday February 29th  7.00 for 7.30 

The Galloway Launch of their joint pamphlet BEARINGS, the first publication from The Poets’ Republic Press.

Joy is in an exciting place, re-inventing herself as a poet in her own ‘write’ after a long lifetime editing the iconic Chapman magazine. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University and, last year, joined the ranks of Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland. Joy partners popular local poet Katy Ewing, winner of the Wigtown Poetry Competition’s Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice Award 2018 bringing together two diversely talented Scottish voices in a Galloway Launch of their wonderful joint pamphlet.

‘Katy’s work has a beguiling and deceptive simplicity  ...  poems of thoughtful understated beauty’. 

‘Joy’s poetry combines insight with wonderful lyricism’. Hugh McMillan

Followed by our popular Bakehouse open spots

The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate 


Tickets £5.00


Burns Night at the Bakehouse

Saturday February 1st  7.00 for 7.30
The Bakehouse presents Rab Wilson and a’ that...

The Bakehouse is honoured to host Rab Wilson - one of Scotland's top poets as our Burns Night guest. Rab has authored a number of celebrated poetry collections, worked with artist Calum Colvin on a book of responses to Burns and in 2017 was made Scots Scriever (Writer in Residence) at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr.  So Rab knows his stuff about Rabbie to whom his tam o' shanter will be riotously tipped along with sharing other personal amazements from his own highly acclaimed work. Rab has also promised to bring along his guitar to add to the evening’s entertainments. Should be a great night out.

‘poetry to rival the best published in Scotland, or written by a Scot, in the past 30 years’. Scotland on Sunday

Followed by our sensational Bakehouse Floor spots The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate 

Bring a poem/a song/pipes (small or large) - performances either suitable or wholly unsuitable for the occasion.

Let’s kick off this new decade with a firework display of poetic brilliance.


Tickets £10.00 includes a hot toddy and haggis nibbles

To book ring 01557 814175 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

George Szirtes and Bashabi Fraser

Borders and Walls

A Book Week Scotland Event.

November 23rd
4.30- 6.00 and 7.30-9.00

The issue of Borders couldn’t  be more topical - Brexit and its many implications, Trump's wall, Scotland’s quest for self-government, refugees crossing borders to escape famine, global warming, war or repressive regimes - borders between poems and their translations, borders both physical and emotional and how they make us differentiate between 'us' and 'them' in our daily lives.

Poet and translator George Szirtes’ family fled Hungary in 1956, survivors of concentration and labour camps after the Budapest uprising and arrived in England at the age of eight speaking no English. Transnational poet and academic Professor Bashabi Fraser witnessed the Post Partition struggle of her parents and grandparents after they were displaced by a mindless border ' they had neither desired or drawn’. Join them for a wide ranging discussion and readings on this current and important theme. 

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A Writers Workshop with Magi Gibson

Date: 10.30 - 13:00, Sunday 22nd September
Venue: The Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP

Tickets: £10.00 ( lunch available in The Mill Cafe)

Poetry as Memoir

How do you focus in on a moment from your past to capture something of the bigger picture of that time? Or use a treasured object or personal/family photograph to create a poem of startling freshness? In this workshop we’ll explore exercises and techniques to help you locate a memory and shape it into a poem which might well be the start of a longer sequence you’d like to write.

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The Bakehouse ‘out and about’ at The Mill

Saturday September 21st @ 7.30


Where Literature, Music, Comedy & Poetry Collide

Magi Gibson is a poet. Her books include Wild Women of a Certain Age, Graffiti in Red Lipstick and Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks.

‘Yon Magi Gibson is one of my Scottish wummin heros whose poetry is feckin exquisite’.  Jenny Lindsay

She’s married to writer and performer Ian Macpherson.

Ian Macpherson is a writer and performer. His books include The Autobiography of Ireland’s Greatest Living Genius, The Book of Blaise and – from October 2019 – post-postmodern crime anti-thriller SLOOT.

'One of the most creative and intelligent comedians I’ve ever seen’ The Guardian

He’s married to poet Magi Gibson and washes his own socks.

Tickets £5.00