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Wigtown Book Festival 2018

For our anniversary, we'll be transforming the streets of Wigtown with Astrid Jaekel's spectacular project, If These Walls Could Talk. There are also plenty of other things to see and around town, from bookbinding displays to exhibitions.

Open Book

If These Walls Could Talk

Town Square
Daily
Free

If a town could speak, what might it say? To celebrate Wigtown’s 20 years as a Book Town, Astrid Jaekel has been commissioned to turn building facades in the town square into giant canvases, enlisting the help of writer Jessica Fox. Old stories, rumours and myths about the Book Town and its surrounds will be brought to life in the visual form of outdoor wallpaper. Grab a map to guide you around this playful large-scale, installation and learn the history of the town, told from a bricks-andmortar point of view. Astrid Jaekel was Spring Fling Artist in Residence at the 2013 book festival, where she was responsible for the Windows of Wigtown project, which spectacularly filled the panes of the County Buildings with stories of local people. She currently teaches illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.

Beyond The Ice

Beyond the Ice

4 North Main Street
Daily 10am-5pm
Free

In late 2017 and early 2018, Saskia Coulson and Colin Tennant (who has photographed the festival for a decade) travelled to the bottom of the world to capture the pristine beauty of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. This exhibition of photography and film is the result of months exploring rugged landscapes and unpredictable seas, and documenting the extraordinary behaviour of the wildlife. The images capture awesome beauty, but also remind us of our fragility in the face of climate change.

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The Museum of Book Town Curiosities

County Buildings
Nature Room
Daily 10am-6pm
Free


Throughout the festival, we will be collecting exhibits for this temporary museum which will, in a very roundabout way, tell the story of the Book Town and festival. We welcome objects and stories alike - sublime and ridiculous, wonderful and weird. Our curators will be in the Nature Room every day to receive submissions: look out for the timetable. We’ll also post the best of our finds online.

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Editions: The Process of Print

Craigard Gallery
13 North Main Street
Daily 10am-5pm
Free

How are prints made? This new show, curated specially for Wigtown Book Festival, explains. Printmaking and bookbinding workshops will accompany the exhibition throughout the festival.

Miniature Books Exhibition

Miniature Books

Wigtown Society of Friends Meeting Room
Off South Main Street
Mon 24-Sat 29 Sept
Daily 10am-4pm
Free

Beautifully illustrated and bound miniature books, all less than three inches tall, many less than one inch, all perfectly legible.

Marbling

Marbling

Applegarth Garden
Harbour Road
Daily 10am-5pm
Free

An exhibition of work by artist Gina Lawson.

Drop-in marbling workshops for adults and children will take place in the Applegarth Garden marquee throughout the festival.

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Picture Hooks

Craigard Gallery
13 North Main Street
Daily 10am-5pm
Free

An exhibition of artwork by emerging illustrators who have been mentored by their more established colleagues as they create a picture book. The show includes work by Kirsti Beautyman (mentored by Helen Stephens), Hlin Davidsdottir (mentored by Ross Collins), Anders Frang (mentored by Steve Anthony), Hazel Dunn (mentored by Patrick Benson) and Rachel Everitt (mentored by Debi Gliori).

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The Kist

Outside County Buildings
Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm
Sat & Sun, 10am-6.30pm
Free

“Kist” is an old word for treasure chest. Situated in front of the County Buildings, The Kist is the place to find art, crafts, food and drink, and homeware from Dumfries & Galloway and beyond.

Wigtown’s weekend market also runs from 10am-4pm

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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

Town square, Wigtown
Daily
Free

Take a walk around Wigtown’s town square as darkness falls to get a hint of the installations that will illuminate Galloway’s Artists’ Town during its first Festival of Light from 5-14 October.

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The Bookbinder

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

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.