Tell us about your connection to Wigtown and the Book Festival

The first time I came to Wigtown, from Los Angeles, was for the book festival.  It was because of the adventures I had there, and the people I met that I stayed.

 

Sum up your festival experience in 5 words

A rural Scottish literary Mardi-Gras. 

 

What's your favourite festival memory?

There are too many. Should I talk about the first ever Wigtown's Got Talent, the naked swimming, or the authors and talks themselves? One of my favourite festival memory is not even mine.  That's what happens at the festival, the collective mythology becomes everyone's experience.  It is the moment Ollie, an uninvited "documentary African filmmaker" and not-so-in-the-closet Mugabi supporter, was having trouble digging into his lobster lunch. Slamming down his fork, the claw went airborne, over the heads of the authors and proceeded to hit Wigtown's festival director in the head. 

 

Who would be your dream author to appear at the Festival?

Margaret Atwood.

 

Give us one recommendation or top tip for Wigtown, the Festival or D&G

Advertise Advertise Advertise Advertise Advertise Advertise...half the region doesn't know that the festival is happening, let alone Scotland, the rest of the UK or abroad.