Book fest chooses charity partner

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Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, has been selected as the official charity for the 2012 Wigtown Book Festival.

The festival takes place from September 28-October 7.

This year’s Wigtown Book Festival, which has the theme “Dark Skies”, features more than 180 events for adults and children. Participating writers include Natalie Haynes, Douglas Hurd, James Kelman, Jon Ronson, John Simpson, Alexander McCall Smith, Marina Warner and A N Wilson.

Literature lovers will also be able to attend a special Fight for Sight event – “Cosmos and Culture: A Dark Sky Supper” as part of the destival on Sunday, September 30. Marek Kukula, public astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, will discuss his work studying the night sky, and the Camper Van Cook Martin Dorey will share some of his cosmically good food.

Adrian Turpin, Wigtown Book Festival director, said: “Our ‘Dark Skies’ theme for this year’s festival is focused firmly on vision, so we felt it was important to raise awareness of the urgent need to help those of us who are living with sight loss. It seemed a natural choice to select Fight for Sight as the festival’s official charity.”

Michele Acton, chief executive of Fight for Sight, added: “The Wigtown Book Festival is a celebration of the amazing impact that literature can have on our lives, and for a number of people living with eye conditions, books are a real lifeline – whether they are audio versions, in large print, in Braille, or available electronically. By being a part of this fantastic event, we hope to be able to do even more to give hope to those who are living without sight.”

For more information about the Wigtown Book Festival, call 01988 403 222 or visit For further information about Fight for Sight, contact 0207 264 3900 or visit