Wigtown Wednesdays are proving a popular way to meet the authors

From the personal to the national and international – the online Wigtown Wednesdays are a chance to explore change, renewal and even vice.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 4:53 pm
Katherine May lives by the sea in Whitstable and is an avid lover of the outdoors

The free online sessions, organised by Wigtown Festival Company (WFC), have been a popular way for audiences to engage with authors from many backgrounds as they explore a multitude of subjects.

WFC director Adrian Turpin said: “We created Wigtown Wednesdays in response to the first Covid lockdown – but they have really developed an identity of their own as a chance to hear some of today’s most interesting writers talk about their work, their ideas and their worlds.

“The line-up over the next few weeks will take us on everything from personal journeys of health and healing to the possible break up of Britain.”

On February 24, the emphasis on the personal as Katherine May talks about her book Wintering – which looks at how to survive life’s fallow periods, and the power of rest and retreat.

Katherine shares her own year of wintering, and looks at the themes of illness, loss, grief, shame, career changes and parenting guilt.

She also discusses her travels to Norway and Iceland in pursuit of winter and to interview locals who have wintered in extreme ways.

On March 1 7 former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler will talk about How Britain Ends - about the rise of English nationalism and the potential breakup of the United Kingdom.

It is a book about history, but also about the strange, complicated identity of Britishness. Gavin asks if there are still constitutional arrangements that might prevent the disintegration of the British state, or if that time has gone.

Then on March 31 there will be the chance to meet Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice.

This fast-paced debut novel reveals the complex and fascinating city of Karachi through the lives of its inhabitants.

As individual experiences unfold, so the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade: a period of great unrest and upheaval in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, is told.

Each session starts at 7pm , to learn more visit www.wigtownbookfestival.com.