Set in glorious rolling countryside in the shadow of the Galloway hills and a stone’s throw from the Solway Firth, the royal burgh of Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town. It has often been described as a sort Hay-on-Wye with a kilt: the ancient market town has more than 15 bookshops. It’s also home to the Wigtown Book Festival, the largest annual literary gathering in Scotland outside Edinburgh.
One of the things that makes this festival unique is the level of community involvement. Set up originally as part of a project to reinvigorate a (then) rather down-at-heel town, it relies on dozens of local volunteers. More than 10 per cent of the town’s people give their time.
When? 25th September- 4th October, 2020
Where? Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
How much? Events Various
Festival Website? Wigtown Book Festival
Past festivals: Alan Johnson, Roy Hattersley, Andrew O’Hagan, Judy Murray, RevRichard Cole, Vale McDermid, Phil Jupitus, Peter Snow, Joanna Lumley, Fred MacAulay, Anne Applebaum, Sally Magnusson, Mark Lawson, James Robertson, Atremis Cooper, Sara Maitland, Chris Brookmyre, Tam Dalyell, Tom Devine, Janice Galloway, Misha Glenny, Celia Imrie, AL Kennedy, Rory Stewart, David Vann and Maggie O’Farr