Welcome

This year we’re having a party - and you’re invited. For 2018, the festival marks the 20th year since Wigtown became Scotland’s National Book Town with our largest and most diverse progamme ever. Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve visited before, we’d love to celebrate with you in the autumn.

2018 Festival Highlights

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John Gray

Fri 21 Sep

12.30pm

Main programme

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Susan Calman

Mon 24 Sep

4.30pm

Main programme

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Sally Magnusson

Sat 29 Sep

3pm

Main programme

John Boyne
John Boyne

Tue 25 Sep

3pm

Main programme

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Andy Stanton

Sat 22 Sep

10am

Big Wig

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Ann Cleeves

Sat 29 Sep

4.30pm

Main programme

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Patrick Gale

Sat 29 Sep
12 noon

Main programme

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

Fri 21 Sep
3.30pm

Main programme

Festival Extras

In addition to the main programme of events, the Festival hosts exhibitions and happenings in Wigtown and the surrounding area - with a particular focus on the visual arts. As ever, we will also host a series of special events and happenings.

Keep an eye on the website for details.

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Find us in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town

Designated Scotland's National Book Town in 1998 - by an international panel - Wigtown is home to a community of booksellers and literary events

More than just a festival: what we do

Since the first Wigtown Book Festival in 1999, we have expanded to become an energetic arts organisation working through the year to deliver a programme of literature development activities in the Dumfries & Galloway region of south-west Scotland.

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