Apr 27 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
SCI-FI fans will be in for a treat this summer when TV star Annette Badland makes a special guest appearance at the Big Lit Day in Gatehouse.
The actress is best known for playing villain Margaret Blaine in Doctor Who and evil Hazel Woolley in The Archers.
Annette will be taking time off from shooting a leading role in Russell T Davies’ next TV show Witches and Aliens to be in the town.
Annette agreed to step in after Linda Marlowe, who was to perform The World’s Wife, based on Carol Ann Duffy’s sparky poems, had to pull out of the festival.
Best Scottish Writer of The Year (2009) and Gatehouse resident Karen Campbell will also be discussing policing, crime and her forthcoming novel on refugees.
BAFTA nominee Alan Bissett will also be in town to talk about his award-winning books and to perform some of his “one-woman show” – the Moira Monologues.
And for Burns enthusiasts, Alan Riach, professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, will speak on The Mortal Memory of Robert Burns.
Academic and author Margaret Elphinstone will explore how to research characters for historical fiction. There will also be book launches by Hugh McMillan and John Hudson.
This is the first time The Dumfries and Galloway Festival will focus all its literature events into a single day.
Literature convener for the festival, Chrys Salt, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the town.
“Audiences will be able to spend a whole day enjoying everything from novelists and poets reading their work.
“There will be guerrilla poets, song-writing buskers, a Saturday farmer’s market, accessible workshops, poems in windows and a Big Lit Day fixed price lunch at The Murray Arms.
“We’ll have free workshops for kids and adults and reasonably priced events catering for all appetites.
“We hope people will flock from across the region to enjoy the festival atmosphere in the town.”
The Big Lit Day kicks off at 10am on Saturday, May 26, at various venues across the town.
Tickets are now available from the box office, Mill on the Fleet at: 01557 814099
Further information on the festival from www.thebakehouse.info.