Whether you visit the festival every year or 2019 was your first time in Wigtown, we hope you received the warmest of Galloway welcomes. 

Words flourish in few places as they do in Scotland’s National Book Town. So much of the culture and history of this beautiful part of south-west Scotland is written in its landscape, a central theme of 2019. And we hope that the seeds that we plant in our children’s and young people’s programmes will grow over the years to come.

2019 Festival Highlights

Ruth Davidson Photo
Ruth Davidson

Sat 5 Oct

3pm

Main programme

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Doddie Weir

Tues 1 Oct

3pm

Main programme

Alan Johnson © Nell Dunn Current
Alan Johnson

Sat 28 Sep

6pm

Main programme

Carol Drinkwater C Michel Noll
Carol Drinkwater

Sat 5 Oct

6pm

Main programme

Gavin Esler
Gavin Esler

Sat 5 Oct

10.30am

Main programme

Kamal Ahmed
Kamal Ahmed

Sat 5 Oct

4.30pm

Main programme

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Vivian French

Mon 30 Sep

6.30pm

Children

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Hannah Witton

Sat 28 Sep 

3pm

Young People

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Find us in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town

Designated Scotland's National Book Town in 1998 - by an international panel - Wigtown is home to a community of booksellers and literary events.

More than just a festival: what we do

Since the first Wigtown Book Festival in 1999, we have expanded to become an energetic arts organisation working through the year to deliver a programme of literature development activities in the Dumfries & Galloway region of south-west Scotland.

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