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Wigtown Book Festival

27 September - 6 October

A Ten Day Celebration of Books in Scotland's National Book Town

Our flagship event, Wigtown Book Festival welcomes international audiences and a prestigious cast of authors each year.

Founded in 1999, the 10-day festival is now one of the UK's best-loved literary events. This year the programme has over 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.

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Every Autumn Wigtown, a town with a population of little over 1000, welcomes 13,000 visitors to the Book Festival

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Opening Night

We begin each festival with a bagpipe procession through the town followed by fireworks and a hog roast.


Children and Young People

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The Big Wig Programme

A festival within a festival, catering for pre-schoolers, primary students, pre-teens and their families.

We host authors events, workshops and activities for children, making Wigtown Book Festival a fun-packed family getaway.

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Our programme for teenagers and young adults.

Engage with the latest Teen and Young Adult literature
with author events and workshop.

Explore relevant topics through our thought-provoking panel discussions, opening conversations between the authors telling our collective stories.

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Festival Ceilidh

Each year we celebrate with a Ceilidh - no previous experience required!


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Wigtown has managed to create a real ‘boutique’ feel to its festival. It’s refreshingly unstressed, set in stunning landscapes and with an enviably broad and sophisticated programme.

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday