A vibrant literary event in Wigtown

Jayne Baldwin & Shalla Gray launch their new book called Big Bill and the Larking Lambs at the Wigtown Book Festival. Pictured left to right are Jayne Baldwin. Oliver Gomersall who introduced Jayne & Shalla. Shalla Gray. and Olivers sister Emily Gomersall.
Jayne Baldwin & Shalla Gray launch their new book called Big Bill and the Larking Lambs at the Wigtown Book Festival. Pictured left to right are Jayne Baldwin. Oliver Gomersall who introduced Jayne & Shalla. Shalla Gray. and Olivers sister Emily Gomersall.

Book lovers have more than 280 events to savour at this year’s Wigtown Book Festival, which runs from 23 September to 2 October.

Festival Director Adrian Turpin, who is celebrating his 10th Wigtown Book Festival, said the festival has many passionate supporters, but without its 100-plus volunteers, it would not exist.

He said: Special thanks are due to Dumfries and Galloway Council. Their far-sighted and consistent support over a sustained period of time has been the keystone on which the festival has established itself as one of the UK’s most respected and vibrant literary events.

“The joy of reading and talking about books should not be the preserve of an elite few. As we present our largest and most diverse festival yet, with more than 280 events, we strive to be welcoming and accessible to everyone.

“We continue to strengthen our dedicated programmes for children and young people, including the 2000-plus school pupils who visit the festival as part of our education programme.

In 2016, we are also proud to offer, for the first time, free tickets to people under-25.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council is providing £32,500 of funding in 2016.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Events Champion, said; ”The Festival is so important to Wigtownshire and Dumfries and Galloway – I’m pleased to be here to show the Council’s support for the work of the Wigtown Festival Company.”