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

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  


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).

Jon Plunkett

Saturday November 10th  7.00 for 7.30

Slam Winner Jon is a widely published, much anthologised and a long awaited first full collection is due out next year.

Born in Ireland, now living in The Highlands, Jon is prime mover shaker of the Corbenic Poetry Path - words of many contemporary poets have been carved in stone, etched in glass, encased in resin and are displayed with sculptures along a three and a half kilometre walk.  

‘Jon is a quiet man with a wild soul. His voice is gentle and alluring while the truths he delivers are like a punch to the throat’. Foy Vance  

‘In a world where authenticity can be increasingly hard to find, Plunkett’s work is the real thing’. John Glenday


Jon is taking over the editorial reins of Poetry Scotland from the legend that is Sally Evans. Next Issue Spring 2019.

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

Tickets £5.00

Gerda Stevenson

Saturday October 20th 7.00 for 7.30

Gerda reads from her acclaimed collection QUINES: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland. Quines charts the role of women in Scottish society and culture from earliest times to our own - queens, politicians, a fish-gutter, scientists, a salt seller, sportswomen (including a whole football team!), artists, and many more. She’ll also talk about the process of creating this work and the origins  of its the wide variety of voices. 

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Andrew Sclater and Mark Williams

Saturday 1st September 2018   7.00 for 7.30

Tickets £5

A great Poetry Double at The Bakehouse 

Andrew Sclater, shortlisted for the prestigious  Picador Poetry Prize has won awards from The Scottish Book Trust, New Writing North and  been published in many leading magazines. His new collection Dinner at the Blaw Baxters' (Happen Stance 2016) received rave reviews.. 

Andrew is joined by prize winning local poet Mark Williams, winner of  the inaugural Hedgehog Press Slim Volume of One’s Own competition, who will publish Papaya Fantasia in November following his successful first collection, The Odd Sock Exchange (Cinnamon Press 2015)

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