23 Glentrool Village
We work with local hardwood. Because it is such a tactile and durable material we make functional domestic items such as chopping boards and benches. Our intent is to produce hard-wearing pieces that express the care and passion we feel for our work. Our studio space in Glentrool Studios & Gallery is open to the public from May-October 11am-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
The anticipation of hearing the festival programme drop through the door is huge; it is the most marvellous event and we recommend it to everyone!
The Isle Studio
Isle Of Whithorn
Amanda Sunderland lives and works as an artist and author in the Isle of Whithorn, where she was inspired to write her first book Wee McAsh To The Rescue. A mini adventure for young children about a quirky, cute little character Wee McAsh based on her own miniature dachshund. It is now available at several stockists on the website weemcash.co.uk
From Wee McAsh's point of view, I really like being made a fuss of and meeting new people, which happens a lot when I go to the Book Festival. I am especially keen to say there are lots of good places to eat there, so it's just great ,because I get to eat, sniff and look at books all at the same time!
27 High Street
Award-winning and lovely independent bookshop on Biggar High Street since 1993, with a warm welcome, knowledgeable staff and excellent stock, an aladdin’s cave, a place apart. Somewhere to escape from the electronic hustle and bustle, to relax and browse and in all likelihood find treasure. We’re on the road to Edinburgh from Wigtown with free parking outside the shop.
We’ve never been to the Wigtown Book Festival – honest, how shocking. But we love the fact that you’re there, dodging away, producing a great book festival and promoting books. We love anyone who promotes books!
165 Irish Street
Cloud 9 is a small gallery and craft shop situated a stone’s throw from Dumfries High Street. Offering original, limited edition and locally produced crafts, Cloud 9 is a little oasis of calm welcoming browsers and shoppers alike. Cloud 9 also offers regular arts and crafts workshops, catering for all levels of ability.
Cloud 9 is proud to support Wigtown Book Festival. From a tourism point of view, the benefits are huge but the effect of bringing joy to one person through literature is even bigger.
30 South Main Street
Craigard Gallery was established in 2014 by local artist and printmaker, Sarah Stewart. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions, events and workshops during the Festival and throughout the year. With an emphasis on quality we seek to introduce the best of British art and craft to our growing audience. We always have a delightful selection of contemporary fine art paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, hand bound books, art books, children's books, greetings cards and bespoke gift wrap.
I love the excitement that bubbles up each year as Wigtown Book Festival approaches. As an illustrator and mother of three young children the children's programme is the highlight of the Festival in our house. The author and illustrator events are a great source of entertainment for the whole family.
Cream o’ Galloway
Gatehouse of Fleet
We are an organic dairy farm, where animal welfare and enhancing the wonderful environment around us is top of our agenda.
We are a luxury ice cream maker, creating truly scrumptious recipes from only the finest ingredients.
And we are a visitor centre, where we encourage visitors of all ages to spend a fun-filled day with us.
Cream o’ Galloway is founded on strong ethical and environmental principles and the theme of environmental and sustainable systems is consistent throughout the visitor experience, from the menu in the tearoom to visitor interpretation to the choice of family activities. Guided tours offer the opportunity to learn about our passion for animal welfare and discover how we minimise our impact on our environment and encourage wildlife diversity.
Wigtown Book Festival has a fabulous mix of speakers and events in a beautiful region.
DGWGO was created by Robin Baird back in 2011. It is now run by Robin and business partner, Derek Pennycook. DGWGO is an online hub for the entire community of Dumfries and Galloway and everyone that visits the area. What originally started off as just a Facebook page has grown into a website, YouTube channel, a weekly online newsletter, a Twitter page, a Facebook page and Instagram page, all under the flag of DGWGO. They are all run by Robin and Derek and offer free services such as up to the minute local news and sport, featured articles, an events calendar, classified listings, traffic news, weather updates, local tide times and much much more.
We love Wigtown Book Festival because of the positive effect it has on the entire region, not only promoting reading and writing for everyone of all ages and backgrounds, but also getting folk out and about to parts of Dumfries and Galloway they may not normally visit. We truly believe that WBF is one of the region's flagship events and look forward to seeing it grow each year.
1-6 Canonmills Bridge
33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace
19-21 Windsor Place
Earthy has three stores serving our local communities in Edinburgh, our market stores sell Organic, local, fair-trade and fairly-traded produce. We also have a café (Earthy Causewayside) & restaurant (Earthy Canonmills) that are open all day offering local and in season food freshly made food from our kitchens.
Earthy puts itself in the heart of our communities and supports Wigtown Book Festival for the bringing together of its community with its celebration of both arts and literature. Events like the Wigtown Book Festival let people make connections that last a lifetime.
At Elegant Originals I specialize in felted gifts made from the finest wool and silk fibres. My range includes brooches to bookmarks, felted pictures to wall hangings, silk chiffon scarves to wraps, felted glass and hand woven tartan style bodices and gowns. Everything is made by hand in Dumfries and Galloway. Inspiration comes from Dumfries and Galloway's stunning scenery and colourful heritage. My passion is colour and texture which is evident in my work.
Wigtown Book Festival is family; though I am not from Wigtown, I feel like I belong.
The Galloway Activity Centre is located on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We cater for families, individuals and groups alike. We offer activities, course, equipment hire, accommodation and holiday packages.
Activities on offer include sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, canoeing, combat laser games, archery, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, wobbly water park and more….
We think the range of authors at the festival is incredible; it’s a really good experience for anyone, whether you’re an aspiring author, a big reader or just love a good story. It has a welcoming family atmosphere and everyone is made to feel welcome.
Galloway Chillies is a small business based in South West Scotland, where we grow chilli plants, from the mild through to the super hot; and produce a range of chilli based preserve products for sale to trade and direct to customers.
Local sourcing is a core value of the business, we care about our raw ingredients and they are sourced as locally as possible including the chillies we use, which if they are not our own are all British grown.
I just love Wigtown Book Festival, the friendliness of it all and the fantastic people that I get to meet every year.
Galloway House Estate
We offer 4 beautiful holiday cottages on the coast in Galloway, S.W. Scotland. We are a 10 minute drive from Wigtown , Scotland's national booktown.. The cottages have a range of facilities including a wood-fired hot tub, an outdoor pizza oven and an all weather tennis court. We also offer a chic Edinburgh apartment to rent.
We love the Wigtown Book Festival and have seen it grow into the success it is today. We love the books, the authors, the atmosphere and the conversations.
Gina Lillycrop Designs can be found within the beautiful rolling hills of Wigtownshire, South West Scotland. Gina designs and makes bespoke soft furnishings such as curtains, blinds and pelmets, from small country cottages to Stately homes throughout Dumfries and Galloway. She also designs her own range of home interior furnishings and children's rugs from her remote Farm Studio, which can be found on her website.
Wigtown Book Festival: This is no ordinary book festival, just ask the artists, makers, musicians, actors, market sellers............who attend and add to the wonderful atmosphere and author events.
20 South Main Street
Glaisnock Cafe & Guest House
The Glaisnock Cafe is a book themed cafe in the heart of Wigtown with three cafe rooms full of great books, great food and as part of the happy cafe network, a great atmosphere. If the weather allows relax in our cafe herb garden. We offer a relaxing place to enjoy chef-prepared homemade dishes using locally-sourced produce. Our mouthwatering dishes include award winning breakfasts, homemade soups, freshly baked rolls, haddock fillet in homemade beer batter served with handcut chips, traditional homemade steak pie and our delicious range of desserts including homemade cakes will prove a real temptation. We offer family & dog friendly accommodation in our adjoining guesthouse with ensuite rooms and flexible bed set ups for different size groups.
We have enjoyed the Wigtown Book Festival as visitors and now enjoy being part of it! With our business being located in the heart of the action it is all fabulous books, fabulous authors, fabulous conversations and of course fabulous food for ten days.
76 George Street
HappySnail Crafts is set in the middle of the Machars, South West Scotland. Fran is the resident textural artist. Her work is inspired by the wildlife and countryside that surrounds her. All the products are designed and hand knitted by Fran and each carry the Tibetan silver HappySnail.
Wigtown Book Festival is awesome, exciting, unique and most of all great fun for all ages.
Established in 2003, Hillcrest is a 4-star family run Guest House offering excellent B&B accommodation in 6 ensuite rooms, together with Award Winning evening meals.
I love the buzz the festival creates in the town and have enjoyed watching it go from strength to strength each year.
111 King Street
At Jenny Wren's we pride ourselves on stocking prize winning authors, writers and illustrators. We seek out books to inspire young readers as well as ensuring we stock quality editions of well-loved children’s classics. Our toys and games bring happiness and fun for all the family, perfect for rainy days and sunshine summers.
32 Rotchell Road
From her cottage garden studio, using a variety of coloured and textured glass, kiln firing and copperfoil, Grace hand cuts and hand finishes glass gifts for all occasions including glass accessories for the home. She uses inspiration from the varied coastline and countryside of Dumfries and Galloway particularly creating unique pieces on driftwood from the Solway shores. Commissions can be taken for bespoke and personalised glassware.
The Wigtown Book Festival has an amazing 'happy feelgood' buzz of atmosphere and brings book lovers, writers, authors, critics and journalists from all over the country not just as participants but as visitors with all ages catered for creating a true family event.
32 Rotchell Road
07791 526 927
Kilnford Farm Shop
Kilnford is considered the food hub of Dumfries and Galloway, offering a butchers counter packed full of home reared meats, a well stocked farm shop, deli and a restaurant serving up quality local sourced dishes.
We’re looking forward to getting involved with, and supporting this year's Wigtown Book Festival. It’s great to have such a fantastic event within the region!
Dumfries & Galloway
Sitting in its own cove with lawns running down to the sea, this exceptional 1869 Shooting Lodge is nothing short of glorious. You can see why John Buchan gathered inspiration for The Thirty-Nine Steps here. A Michelin Star restaurant, 150 malts in the bar and 10 gorgeously appointed bedrooms set in 39 acres of grounds.
Throughout the Wigtown Book Festival we are happy to offer a Festival Rate of £25.00 off per room, per night from 25th September to 4th October, subject to availability. Please contact the hotel for more details. This cannot be used with any other offer.
Gatehouse of Fleet
Dumfries & Galloway
Laggan Outdoor offers adventure and recreational activities for all the family. Open all year with a superb cafe on site offering delicious home cooked food & cakes.
Wigtown Book Festival puts D&G on the map and allows new visitors to realise just how wonderful this region is.
Local artisit/maker taking inspiration from the beautiful Wigtownshire countryside. Specialising in paintings reflecting the amazing sunsets and landscapes we experience here. I also paint on silk and glass, make jewellery and create characters such as scowly owls and mad cows from pebbles and wood.
Wigtown Book Festival has amazing experiences and something for everyone, wholly inclusive.
We are #MadeInWigtownshire. We offer local artists, makers, craftspeople, food and drink producers and events the opportunity to sell or promote their goods via our website and shoppers to chance to buy unique, quality produce made in our area. They make, we promote and together we tell the world about our amazing creative, region and the people who live here.
231 King Street
The McGill Duncan Gallery is an art gallery In Castle Douglas, South West Scotland, selling contemporary work by national and international artists and makers and Scottish paintings from the 19th century onwards.
Attending an event at Wigtown Book Festival is invariably the beginning of interesting conversations. It's all about the people: the authors, everyone who gathers to listen and people you speak to in the cafes and book shops.
The Midsteeple dates from 1707 and is a prominent building in the centre of Dumfries. We are located within the main part of the building and serve as a ticket outlet for events big or small within Dumfries & Galloway whether it’s online, phone or in person through Ticketweb or with your own tickets.
The Wigtown Book Festival gives you the opportunity to meet fascinating authors and find what inspired them.
The Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival is a 3-day celebration of traditional music including concerts featuring award winning traditional music artists, music workshops, tune sessions, song sessions, tune and song writing competitions, pipe band performances, dancing…there's something for everyone and for all ages.
Wigtown Book Festival is an event we aspire to be like as it's diverse, inclusive and, most of all, interesting, enlightening and fun, attracting world class authors and artists to our beloved Galloway.
26 George Street
Dumfries & Galloway
With over 30 years experience in the design and print business, we offer practical and affordable design solutions for businesses both in print and online. Our services range from design of a new brand and marketing materials to websites and social media campaigns. We want to help your business look its best but understand that many businesses don’t have pots full of cash. That’s why we offer fixed prices so you know exactly where you stand and are comfortable with what you have to pay.
As individuals we have a lifelong love of books and have spent many happy hours over the years browsing the contents of Wigtown’s bookshops. That’s why, now we are locals, we are excited to have more time to visit and support the book festival.
I am a crochet jewellery artist. I work with tiny crochet hooks, fine cotton thread, semi-precious gemstones, silver and copper, to create unusual and beautiful jewellery. I live in Glentrool, in Galloway Forest Park, and my deep love for the natural beauty here reflects in my work. My jewellery takes inspiration from the natural world around me: designs include flowers, leaves, sunshine, stars and snowflakes.
I love the Festival! Every year I find at least one talk which opens my mind and gives me new ideas to think about. The atmosphere is both vibrant and relaxed at the same time; there’s always a buzz in the air and lots of friendly people to chat to.
Dumfries & Galloway
The RBC Film Theatre is a 69 seater cinema nestled beside the banks of the River Nith in the centre of Dumfries. We offer patrons the opportunity to see blockbuster releases alongside the best that independent and world cinema has to share. The RBCFT is a fully wheelchair accessible, fully equipped digital cinema in Dumfries with a 5m x 2m screen and a fantastic sound system.
Wigtown Book Festival is a close colleague of the Film Theatre in the world of cultural entertainment and education. Film and literature have been so closely interconnected in the last century as examples of leisure, learning and raising awareness of the world in which we live. We love to lose ourselves in the pages of a good book or in the scenes of a great movie and we are very proud that the Film Theatre is an Ambassador for this wonderful Festival!
Situated in the pretty unspoilt village of Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland, Rosebank Holiday Cottage sleeps six in three bedrooms and is pet friendly.
Wigtown Book Festival has led the way in promoting Dumfries and Galloway and actively supports other small businesses.
Scottish Slate Gift
Newtown St Boswells
Scottish Slate Gift is an artisan company which makes slate items and wood items from a small workshop in the Scottish Borders. Every slate piece is picked and crafted by hand giving a high quality gift item. Our pieces have featured on the Channel 4 programme The Taste UK with Nigella Lawson.
Wigtown Book Festival is a fantastic event and very well organised – it’s a great opportunity to see many events and activities with literary connections.
43-45 High Street,
The Scottish Storytelling Forum was founded in the early 90s when a group of people carrying on oral storytelling traditions, buoyed by the Scottish folk revival, set up an organisation to support storytellers and promote Scottish storytelling.
Now based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, a vibrant multi-arts venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal mile, we support a unique community of professional storytellers who live and work all over Scotland. Storytellers come from a huge variety of backgrounds, communities and traditions, and bring a variety of experiences, talents and approaches to their storytelling. They all hold in common a commitment to continuing the ancient art form and powerful form of communication that is oral storytelling, and to developing storytelling for contemporary applications and contexts.
Today, as part of the TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) we work in close partnership with our friends the Traditional Music Forum and Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland.
We support the Wigtown book festival as a unique opportunity in South West Scotland to discover stories old and new. We encourage all of our storytellers to come and experience the magic - and maybe even tell a story or two!
43-45 High Street,
0131 652 3272
Award winning small campsite in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Solway View is a great base to explore the area or to simply enjoy a relaxing stay. Located within Balmangan Farm and right beside the sea. Feel free to explore with our farm and the woodland walks. Enjoy the sea at the little bay only a short walk from the campsite. Near to the Artists town of Kirkcudbright and not too far from the national Book town of Wigtown.
Families, individuals and groups very welcome. Beautiful views, open countryside, spacious pitches, kids play area, modern heated w.c./showers, campfires allowed and pets welcome.
Wigtown Book Festival is a brilliant festival and brings people from far and wide to beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. With a warm welcome and a host of very well organised events there is fun for all ages. If you enjoy a good book you will love Wigtown Book Festival.
Unique handmade jewellery in silver, gold, mixed metals, precious and semi precious stones. Commissions and reworking old jewellery welcome.
I love books, the paper version, from classics to Nordic Noir.
Handmade lovelies for every occasion. The Butterfly and Toadstool produces handmade products ranging from children's clothing, gifts, cards and accessories. All our items are inspired by nature and the environment around us. We design and hand make everything here in our little Scottish studio and love to use old, new and recycled materials in all of our products. This ensures our items are finished to our high standard with many pieces being one off and truly unique. Custom orders can also be placed to ensure that extra special touch is added to every gift.
The Wigtown Book Festival is something that brings people together in a stunning location who can all share their love of literature and arts. It suits all ages and it’s the type of event that can spark new interest in so many different areas. It’s great so see so much enjoyment in a truly family friendly atmosphere.
The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning photographer Phil McMenemy.
A warm welcome is guaranteed at the gallery - as are an array of fine art and landscape images of Scotland in general and Galloway in particular. Phil, despite his colour-blindness, manages to capture this area at its very best. Try to make time to call in and see Phil and view his beautiful work – you won’t regret it.
Books are so important. To have an event which celebrates books, words, authors and prose is fantastic. Wigtown transforms itself to celebrate books – just brilliant!
7 South Main Street
When Ian and Joyce bought The Old Bank Bookshop in 2004, there was nothing but rawl plugs – no shelves – no books. Some 10+ years on, they have transformed the former customs house/bank into a six-room bookshop, with the garden now hosting one of Wigtown Book Festival’s marquees. The Old Bank Bookshop prides itself in offering a traditional bookshop experience. Home to book launches, talks, musical events, reading groups, pop-up productions and, of course, THE BOOK! What you see on The Old Bank shelves is NOT online, which in itself, is probably altogether unique.
Wigtown Book Festival is an experience – 10 exhilarating days in an extraordinary community in celebration of the book, where old friendships rekindle and new ones begin. It’s the highlight of our bookselling-year.
The Swallow Theatre is a converted byre about three miles from Whithorn. Scotland's smallest theatre, seating 48 people, has a unique atmosphere often commented on by both audience and performers. There have been more than three hundred events at the Swallow Theatre since its foundation in 1996. These include many visiting professional theatre companies and musical ensembles, and music and theatre provided by local amateurs. The theatre has a very supportive local audience, often augmented by visitors and holiday makers.
I always enjoy the Wigtown Book Festival; there is such a wide variety of stimulating events, and the opportunity to meet many interesting people.
Bladnoch Bridge Estate
The aim of Unit 3 Gallery is to showcase works by recognised artists but also to highlight the wealth of local artistic talent we have in Galloway. Housed in the old dispatch warehouse for a creamery, Unit 3 is a large, whitewashed space which lends itself perfectly to showing a diverse range of artwork and sculpture in an informal atmosphere. Our aim is to hold five exhibitions through the year, each running for two months and each with a theme. As well as oils and watercolour originals we have shown kinectic sculpture, photography, found art and ceramics.
We love Wigtown Book Festival and what it stands for - as well as celebrating the written word in so many imaginative ways the festival brings the community together.