2016 is the 10th Anniversary of Gatehouse literary venue, The Bakehouse, which runs BIG LIT. Big Lit, the Stewartry Book Festival has gone from strength to strength since it began as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2011. This year it has grown even bigger, with the expansion of activities for young people. So whether you have small children underfoot, are an Archer’s fan, enjoy the work of Jane Austen, love the combination of music and poetry, are into contemporary writing or writing from other generations and cultures, are interested in installation or exhibition – there will be something in this year’s BIG LIT programme you can enjoy. The Mill is the main venue for most of the events, but other events are happening around town as well as ad hoc unprogrammed entertainement from guerilla poets to buskers. A lively weekend in Gatehouse is guaranteed. Check out the Big Lit website for full details.