BBC star heads for Gatehouse festival

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Peter Marinker, one of the best known voices on BBC radio, will be appearing at the Dumfries and Galloway Festival’s Big Lit Day on June 2 in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Peter has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic Company, appeared regularly in London’s West End and in numerous films such as Love Actually and Judge Dredd and The Emerald Forest.

Peter will be performing MacSpaunday, a name ascribed to the influential group of young, left-wing, 1930s poets – Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, W H Auden and C Day Lewis – by the jealous right-wing poet Roy Campbell.

Chrys Salt, literature convener of the festival, said: “It’s a joy to have Peter at the festival. I have long been an admirer of his work.

“We have known each other since we performed together on radio in the 1960s. In fact, I moved”

Big Lit Day promises to be a great day out in Gatehouse with workshops, window poetry, buskers, exhibitions, installations, competitions, book sales and signings, and Big Lit dining all round town.

Tickets are now on sale from the Mill on the Fleet 01557 814099. More info can be found on the Bakehouse website www.thebakehouse.info