Main programme highlights

As well as more than 200 writers discussing their work, the 25th festival features theatre, film and music

Children & families highlights

Our Big Wig programme returns for 2023 with more than 30 family events.

Wigtown YA highlights

Our young people's programme offers a diverse menu of events, open to all and free for under 26s

Wigtown Book Festival in Numbers

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We're thrilled to reveal that this year's programme will include bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, introducing her latest book with a new track from The Bookshop Band

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Kate Mosse

The Ghost Ship

Piracy. Romance. Revenge. Across the seas of the seventeenth century, two seafarers are forced to fight for their lives.

The sequel to The City of Tears, The Ghost Ship is the third novel in The Joubert Family Chronicles from bestselling author Kate Mosse.

“Since it’s my first time visiting Wigtown, I wanted to mark the occasion with something special and what better way than to have a brand new piece of music from the fabulous The Bookshop Band.”

The Ghost Ship

The Bookshop Band

Interior of The Bookshop, Wigtown. Armchair by fireplace, bookshelves

'The sort of festival people become possessive about'

- The Guardian