Festival of fire and light in Wigtown

Gather in Wigtown this autumn to be given a warm welcome by the booksellers who are holding a new festival inspired by traditional seasonal celebrations.

The booksellers association of Scotland’s National Booktown has put together a programme of events entitled ‘Fire and Light’ drawing on the Celtic festival of Samhain, the Indian feast of Diwali and the Scandinavian tradition of hygge.

Held between the 21st and 23rd of October the weekend will include art workshops for children and teens, readings from writers including Renita Boyle, Maureen Kerr and Des Dillon, along with a film screening and knitting.

Carl Davis, chair of the Association said: “This is the first time we’ve held the festival but we hope it will become a regular part of our calendar at the Book Town.

“We’ve put together a great programme highlighting some of the very talented people who live in th e Galloway area.”

On Friday 21 October there’s Renita Boyle telling the story of the Strange Visitor at 6.30pm at Curly Tale Books, a free event suitable for families.

Saturday includes One Man Shoe with Jango Starr, 3pm at the Swallow Theatre.

The full programme can be seen on the facebook pages of The Association of Wigtown Booksellers, Beltie Books, The Wigtown Festival Company and also on the website www.wigtownbookfestival.com