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Happenings & special events

Wigtown Book Festival 2018

Alongside our main events (and our programme of exhibitions), we have a selection of special events to look out for when you visit the Festival.

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The Street Writer

By County Buildings
29-30 Sep

Luke Winter is a street writer based in Glasgow. He writes custom stories in the street on request for passing strangers using his typewriter. His sign says “request any subject, take away a unique story.” He makes a record of the best stories before they disappear in someone’s pocket. He’s written for strangers in the streets and parks of New York, Berlin, Paris and Moffat. He's self-published two collections of the stories after successful online crowd funders. He aims to write stories that show how weird people are, and how much we've got in common.

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The Bookbinder

County Buildings
Nature Room
22,23,29 Sep
10.30am-4pm (drop-in)

A former production manager at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, Christian Ribbens began bookbinding as a hobby. Now he lovingly repairs antique volumes for clients around the UK. Drop in for a chat as he demonstrates his rare craft.

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Festival Fireworks

Meet at Mercat Cross, Town Square
21 Sep

The Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band leads the way from the Mercat Cross to Bayview Nursery for fireworks over Wigtown Bay.

By kind permission of Bayview Nursery

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Stuart Kelly’s Literary Pub Quiz

Craft, 30 South Main St
25 Sep

The infamous pub quiz takes its theme from our 20th-anniversary celebrations.


Louis McGuffie Commemoration

By County Buildings
28 Sep
12 noon

Please join us for a ceremony to unveil a memorial to Sergeant Louis McGuffie VC of Wigtown, exactly 100 years after the action for which he received the Victoria Cross.

See also: Louis McGuffie VC: Wigtown’s War Hero (4.30pm the same day).

For Children

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Mossyard Farm Pottery

Wigtown Primary School
22-23 Sep

Pick your own ceramic character, plate, mug or tile and create your own unique design with the help of Amy McConchie. For all the family – just drop in. All pottery priced separately (pay on the day).

Unticketed events are run on a first come, first served basis.

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DG Funkyfaces

Wigtown Primary School
Sun 30 Sep 10:30am

Celebrate the final day of the festival by having your face painted like your favourite character. Who will you be? Perhaps Mack the cat detective, Mr Gum, Magna Cow, the Loch Ness Monster, Wild Robot Roz or Big Wig himself? Unticketed events are run on a first come, first served basis.

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Wigtown Primary School
Sat 29 Sep 10:00am

Get up close with the curious creatures of ZooLab. From millipedes to toads, tarantulas to snakes, meet the animals and learn some fascinating facts. Free and unticketed events are run on a first come, first served basis.

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Family Fun

Wigtown Primary School
Sun 30 Sep

Celebrate the end of the festival with lots of family fun: tell tales with Renita Boyle; make masks with Hazel Stevens; make your own stick man with Elizabeth Tindal; boing on the bouncy castle; and have your face painted as your favourite book character with DG Funkyfaces. Unticketed events are run on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored by Wigtown Primary School