Wigtown Spring Weekend shows why it’s a Creative Place

Cairn Holy
Cairn Holy

NEXT weekend will see the Wigtown Spring Festival kick off once again, having been organised by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers.

Many of the readings, talks and workshops on May 5 and 6 will be held in the town’s bookshops and small venues.

A number of events have been arranged by GC Books of Bladnoch. On Saturday, children can enjoy meeting the author and illustrator of ‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’ at Box of Frogs at 10.30am.

On Saturday afternoon there’s a rare opportunity to meet award winning poet and writer Dorothy Alexander. The event is being held at The Bookshop at 1.30pm.

Joseph Proskauer will be giving two talks on his research at Cairn Holy chambered cairn, overlooking Wigtown bay. He has studied the stones for years, in all weathers, seasons and times, and will share the results of his observations on landscape, structure and ancient astronomy. These are at 3pm Saturday and 4.30pm Sunday.

On the same day poetry fans are in for a second treat when Hugh McMillan reads from ‘Thin Slice of the Moon’, a mixture of new poems and selected work from the past 25 years. Hugh will be in conversation at The Bookshop at 4.30pm with collaborator Hugh Bryden.

Historian Richard Smith who has recently revised his book ‘Castles of Galloway’ will be giving an illustrated talk on the subject at The Bookshop on Sunday 6th May at 11am.

Galloway author David Collin will take his audience on a voyage of discovery to the seas around Australia as he follows the fascinating journey of the Kirkcudbright built vessel, The Prince of Denmark at The Bookshop also on the Sunday at 2pm.

If you’re in the mood for more travellers’ tales then the Bookshop is the venue for you again at 3.30pm on Sunday when James McCarthy describes the life of ‘that curious fellow’ Basil Hall.

For people who prefer to be ‘hands on’ there are some great craft events to join in with organised by GC Books. Newton Stewart textile artist Linda Woodfield will be creating fabric books at the Quaker Meeting Hall on Sunday from 2.30pm. Adults and accompanied children can either make a book from scratch or personalise one that’s already been started.

On both Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 4pm, local artist and illustrator, Pauline James will be holding a drop in workshop at the Reading Lasses bookshop and cafe where there will be the opportunity to dabble in watercolours painting a bookmark to take home.

Tickets for all events are available from The Wigtown Book Festival office.