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

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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

DisComBoBuLiTe

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

Don Paterson with Steve Hamilton

Saturday 24 August : 7.00 for 7.30

Multi-award winning poet and jazz guitarist Don Paterson OBE, Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, winner of the Whitbread/Costa Poetry Prize (2003, 2015) the T S Eliot Prize (1997, 2003), along with a number of other awards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, all three Forward Prizes (1994, 2009, 2010) and a Cholmondeley award  teams up with stellar pianist Steve Hamilton (formerly of jazz quartet Earthworks – ‘one of Europe's most creative and experienced contemporary pianists’) with an eclectic mix of poetry, jazz standards and Celtic originals. A definite ‘must see’. 

Tickets £10.00 (book early to avoid disappointment)

Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse

Saturday June 15th  2019 7.00pm for 7.30pm 

Brummie poet Steve is a born story-teller who has entertained audiences from Penzance to Orkney. He has published five collections of poetry.  Expect poems on subjects from the personal right through to the global, with a wild detour via outrageous dreaming.  

'A rising star.' Cheltenham Poetry Festival

'Brilliant. And I hate poetry.' Susan Murray, comedian

'Exceptional.' Louder Than Words festival.

Emma debut collection 'Close' (Offa's Press 2018) followed on from a volume of children's poems- winner of The Rubery Prize in 2017. She’s won both the 'Making Waves' poetry competition (Judge: Luke Wright) and the Shambala Festival poetry slam. Expect performances that are ‘both breathtaking and engaging.’

'Bubbling with wisdom and silliness.'  AF Harrold

'A whirlwind of wit and humour.' Write Out Loud

Come and strut your stuff, poetical, musical or theatrical in our acclaimed Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate open micspots.

Tickets £8.00

Big Lit 2019

1-5 May

BIG LIT, now in its ninth year, just gets bigger and bigger! It’s now five bumper days of poetry, launches, prose, talks, film, puppets, history, workshop, buskers, song, installation, exhibition, politics, music and cabaret, and a children’s programme of magical time travel, folk tale and madcappery. 

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Ciara MacLaverty

Saturday March 30th 2019

7.00pm for 7.30pm    

Ciara is 'a born enthusiast' according to the Times Literary Supplement. Her 'striking' poetry has appeared widely in newspapers,  journals and literary magazines. She's been selected for 'Scottish Poem of the Year' and written for Scottish Opera and The Edinburgh Book Festival. Her pamphlet, Past Love in The Museum of Transport explores everyday love from girlhood to motherhood. 

'Funny, generous, deeply humane.’ Liz Lochhead

Winner of New Writer Award 2017

Come and strut your stuff, poetical, musical or theatrical in our acclaimed Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate open mic spots. 

Tickets £5.00

Mandy Haggith

Saturday February 23rd 2019
7.00pm for 7.30pm    

The Bakehouse is delighted to host eco-activist, poet and novelist Mandy Haggith.  She will take us on a journey back in time with poems rooted in myths and legends and readings from her historical novel The Walrus Mutterer based on the intrepid Iron Age explorer, Pytheas - this alongside exclusive previews of the next instalment of this compelling trilogy and her forthcoming Red Squirrel poetry collection.

“Moving and quietly passionate.” AL Kennedy 
“Compelling and terrifying.” Observer
“An ecological page-turner … lyrical and vivid, written with a poet’s eye for detail.” Linda Gillard

Winner: Robin Jenkins Literary Award for her novel The Last Bear 

Come and strut your stuff, poetical, musical or theatrical in our acclaimed Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate open mic spots. 

Tickets £5.00 

Burns Night at the Bakehouse

Saturday January 26th 2019

7.00pm for 7.30pm  

TOM POW

Conversations with Burns

Tom Pow has spoken at Burns Nights in Vancouver, Sydney, Nairobi and Ellisland and now The Bakehouse. Join us for Tom’s engaging conversations with Burns in the form of poems, stories and song.

Tom scarcely needs an introduction. He has been a bright star in the Region’s literary firmament for many years. Suffice it to say his work has won awards, bursaries and prestigious short listings aplenty. It is an honour to host him at The Bakehouse for our Burns Night Celebrations.

A YEAR OF CONVERSATION 2019 event.          

The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate awaits once more.
Bring a poem, a song, (we can supply a keyboard), guitar, small pipes, BIG PIPES - entertainment either suitable or wholly unsuitable for the occasion.

Tickets £10.00 (includes hot toddies and haggis nibbles).