Book week full of events at Wigtown book-town

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Booksellers in Scotland’s National Booktown will be celebrating Book Week Scotland in civilised style.

The nationwide festival is held annually in November to encourage all ages to get into reading and enjoy books. Wigtown’s booksellers will be supporting the week with a day of events in the town on Saturday 26th November starting with an appearance by the popular Wee McAsh character created by Amanda Sunderland at Curly Tale Books at 11.30am.

From 2pm until 4pm Port William printmaker Lisa Hooper will be at The Old Bank Bookshop talking about her new book Printing Wildlife, explaining the processes and inspiration behind her work. She will also sign copies of the book which is a behind the scenes look at how Lisa creates her individualistic nature inspired prints.

In the evening the award winning Borders writer and poet Dorothy Alexander will be discussing her debut novel ‘The Mauricewood Devils’ a literary examination of the effects of a devastating pit disaster on the community of wives, daughters and mothers. Dorothy will be reading from her novel and talking about her family connection to the story at Beltie Books from 7.30pm.

The free events are also part of the Assocation of Wigtown Booksellers’ commitment to Civilised Saturday, a UK wide event being held to encourage people to escape the chaos of Black Friday, the Christmas shopping bonanza day. Civilised Saturday urges people to support local independent retailers who can provide a calm and supportive shopping experience.

During Book Week Scotland local writer Hazel Stevens will be launching her debut novel ‘Our Ede’ with an event at the Craft Hotel in Wigtown on Wednesday 23rd November at 7pm. Hazel will be reading from the book and signing copies which will be available at a special launch price.

The booksellers are also supporting the charity behind the week, the Scottish Book Trust, by holding special sales. For the whole of Book Week, from 21st to 26th November there will be special tables in Curly Tale Books, Beltie Books, The Old Bank Bookshop and The Glaisnock Bookshop Cafe where all sales will go to help the work of the Trust.