Big DoG Book Festival

Thanks for joining us for our 25th festival.

Watch the video below to see Wigtown transform from a struggling town in the late nineties to a thriving tourist destination

Wigtown Book Festival in Numbers

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The Bookshop Band

We were thrilled to welcome Kate Mosse to Wigtown Book Festival 2023, introducing her new book with a song by The Bookshop Band.

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.

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

'The sort of festival people become possessive about'

- The Guardian

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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