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Happenings & special events

Wigtown Book Festival 2019

Alongside our main events (and our programme of exhibitions), we have a selection of special events to look out for when you visit the Festival.

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The Street Writer

By County Buildings
27-28 Sep

Luke Winter writes stories for strangers he meets on the street – and he would like to write for you. Find him and his typewriter outside the County Buildings throughout the day. His latest book is Stories for Strangers 3, a collection of twenty new tales written in streets and fields around the world. It includes stories about taxidermy and feminism, stories that led to marriage proposals, stories for biker gangs in the desert in Texas, stories about toxic masculinity in English cathedral towns and stories about fairytales in Manhattan.

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The Map House | Taigh nam Mapaichean 

Former Bank of Scotland Building, 21 North Main St 
Open daily 10am-4pm from Saturday 28th September

A pop-up venue exploring Galloway’s history – from its Celtic origins to now – through place names and illustration. See details of the Eilidh Muldoon exhibition

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Festival Fireworks

Meet at Mercat Cross, Town Square
27 Sep

Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band leads the way from the Mercat Cross to Bayview Nursery for fireworks over Wigtown Bay. 

By kind permission of Bayview Nursery

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Stuart Kelly’s Literary Pub Quiz

Craft, 30 South Main St
30 Sep

The infamous annual pub quiz returns.

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Perfect Pitch 

29-30 Sep

Literary agent Jenny Brown will be on hand at the start of the festival for writers to pitch new work and seek advice. Jenny is one of Scotland’s leading agents. Her clients include Shaun Bythell, Sally Magnusson and Malachy Tallack. She is particularly looking for narrative non-fiction. To book and submit work, email

Day of Gaelic | Latha Gàidhlig

4-5 Oct
The Map House | Taigh nam Mapaichean, 21 North Main St. 

We will be celebrating Gaelic language and culture at the Map House with a range of events and activities including music, visual arts, bilingual discussion and storytelling. To see what’s on, click on the links below or pick up a flyer at the box office. 

4 October: Introduction to Gaelic
11:30am Joy Dunlop: Gaelic Song Traditions
2pm Joy Dunlop: Gaelic Dance Traditions
3:30pm Kevin MacNeil: Gaelic Words Workshop

5 October: Gaelic Galloway
12:30pm Colin Mackenzie: The Languages of Galloway's Landscape
2pm Michael Ansell: Gaelic in Galloway
3:30pm Michael Ansell: Gaelic's Contribution to Galloway Scots

What Lies Beneath? 

1-3 Oct

Graeme Cavers and AOC Archaeology are surveying two sites critical to the history of Wigtown and Whithorn. Join in or watch as the teams seek new insights. Directions to the sites are available from the box office.

Graeme Cavers also talks about his work at a What Lies Beneath festival event (Thursday 3 Oct).

The Dark Inside 

5 Oct
County Buildings, Martyrs’ Cell

In 1977, NASA’s Voyager spacecraft began its journey into the cosmic void. It carried a golden disc with music and sounds representing Earth’s civilisation. Drop by for a few minutes or stay longer to listen to some of the contents plus other sounds of space assembled by sound artist Stuart McLean. 

Wigtown in Bloom

Saturday 28 Sep
Baptist Church

The team that keeps Wigtown blooming will be serving teas to raise funds.

Church service 

Following the conclusion of the festival, Wigtown’s churches will hold a joint service in the Festival Marquee at 7.30pm on Sun 6 Oct. All welcome. 

For Children

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Big Wig Family Fun 

Sunday 6 Oct
Wigtown Primary
FREE, ticketed

Join Big Wig for an afternoon of stories, songs, crafts and games. Bring your own blanket and nibbles to enjoy during an afternoon of family fun. 

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06 Oct
Wigtown Primary School

What will you be? Beautiful butterfly or magical unicorn, fierce tiger or deadly snake, superhero or book character? Celebrate the last weekend of the festival by having your face painted.

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Sun 06 Oct 
Wigtown Primary, The Hall 
FREE drop in

Get up close with the curious creatures of ZooLab.