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Help us celebrate our 20th year

At Wigtown Festival Company, we aspire to make Dumfries and Galloway a better place to be a reader and a writer - a place where literature changes lives. We'd like to invite you to help us achieve this in 2018 by becoming a sponsor of the 20th Wigtown Book Festival which takes place from 21-30 September.

A boost to the local economy

Wigtown Book Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Dumfries & Galloway and the second largest literary festival in Scotland. With 250 events to choose from, last year's events exceeded an audience of 26,000 people, equating to more than 12,000 unique visitors. 57 per cent of visitors come from outside Dumfries & Galloway and 24 per cent from outside Scotland. In 2017, Wigtown Book Festival generated £3.2m for the local economy, a figure that has grown annually since 1999.


Our programme

The programme offers something for every interest including visual arts, biography, poetry, fiction, politics, food and drink, music, theatre and film. The Children's Festival (Big Wig) reaches more than 1,000 local and visiting families through 35 author and illustrator events and workshops. Our peer-programmed young adult events (WTF: Wigtown The Festival) attract an audience of 14-25 year olds to 20 events, and a new strand this year for 10-13s (Book Bridge) will develop an audience across six events with each programme including discussions, debates, workshops, literature, theatre and film.

Benefits of sponsorship

We'd welcome returning and new sponsors to help celebrate our 20th year and would be very happy to discuss sponsorship opportunities which start at just £250 plus VAT for a single event sponsorship. Benefits include an invitation to the opening party, two complimentary tickets to an event of your choice and a name listing in the Festival programme, to name a few.


For more information, please contact Kenny Barr (Sponsorship Coordinator) on 01988 403222 or email