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Become a Sponsor

Help us celebrate Scotland's National Book Town. 

A boost to the local economy

Wigtown Book Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Dumfries & Galloway and the second largest literary festival in Scotland. With 250 events to choose from, last year's events exceeded an audience of 26,000 people, equating to more than 12,000 unique visitors. 57 per cent of visitors come from outside Dumfries & Galloway and 24 per cent from outside Scotland. In 2018, Wigtown Book Festival generated £3.45m for the local economy, a figure which has grown annually since 1999.


Wigtown Book Festival programme

The programme offers something for every interest including visual arts, biography, poetry, fiction, politics, food and drink, music, theatre and film. The Children's Festival (Big Wig) reaches more than 1,000 local and visiting families through 35 author and illustrator events and workshops. Our peer-programmed young adult events (Wigtown YA, formerly Wigtown: The Festival) attract an audience of 13-25 year olds to 20 events, and for 10-13s (Book Bridge) aims to develop a new audience across six events with each programme including discussions, debates, workshops, literature, theatre and film.

Sponsoring Wigtown Book Festival

We welcome returning and new sponsors and would be very happy to discuss sponsorship opportunities which start at just £250 plus VAT for a single event sponsorship. Benefits include two complimentary tickets to your sponsored event and a name listing in the Festival web site programme and holding screen.  

Other sponsorship opportunities

Wigtown Festival Company also organises a range of other projects and events throughout the year, which include the Big Bang science festival; Big DoG children's festival in Dumfries; Hooked, our day for young readers and writers; and our annual Writers' Gathering to support emerging writers in the region. Sponsorship for each of these individual events would also be welcome, or we can discuss an overall sponsorship package that will include all of our year-round events as well as the Book Festival.

For information on any of our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Johnston Stewart on 01988 403222 or email

To view our 2022 sponsors, view our supporters page here