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Volunteer


Wigtown Festival Company would not be possible without our volunteers.

Over 100 people generously give their time to the festival each year, working in the box office, decorating venues, driving authors and helping in many other ways.

Volunteers help run our Number 11 bookshop, welcoming visitors throughout the year.

There are also opportunities to volunteer for other events such as Big DoG Children's Book Festival. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any volunteer enquiries.

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Earn rewards

Each Wigtown Book Festival volunteer receives a £25 voucher for festival tickets. Volunteers can also request to steward a specific events they would like to see.

Our Wigtown Book Festival volunteers are the first to see the programme in a pre-launch event.

Volunteers at Number 11 Bookshop are entitled to a shop discount.


Make Friends

Volunteering at Wigtown Book Festival is a great way to get involved in the community. We run volunteer gatherings throughout the year to talk shop and reminisce over hot drinks and cake.

Give Back

Join our mission to enrich the literary culture of the region and help our town thrive. Wigtown Book Festival brings £4.3 million to the local economy each year, attracting over 300,000 visitors to Wigtown since it began and over 3000 authors and performers. Our volunteers are an essential part of what we do.

Everyone is Welcome

We are committed to providing equal opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering and have additional support needs, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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We're looking for...

Wigtown Book Festival Volunteers

  • Drivers
  • Event stewards
  • Event hosts
  • Festival bookshop assistants
  • Volunteers for our children's and young people's programmes

Number 11 Bookshop Volunteers

  • Shop assistants
  • Administration

Big DoG Children's Book Festival Volunteers

  • Event stewards
  • Runners

Big DoG is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in children's literature, who is based in Dumfries, or who can't make our main festival. Big DoG takes place in the spring but if you are interested in volunteering, let us know at any point and we will keep your details on file as an interested party. Please contact CYP Producer Andy Stewart at [email protected]

If you would like to know more about how to get involved please email [email protected] or phone the office on 01988 402036.