Get the inside story on book festival stars

Clare Balding at last year's Wigtown Book Festival
Clare Balding at last year's Wigtown Book Festival

Taxi drivers are famous for their stories about the celebrities who have been in their cabs.

But now there’s a chance for drivers all over Dumfries and Galloway to have their own tale to tell.

The team behind the annual Book Festival in Wigtown need volunteer drivers to help transport the authors, politicians and speakers due to arrive in the region for this year’s event being held between September 26th and October 4th. Festival guests this year include Val McDermid, Vince Cable, Christopher Brookmyre, Mairi Hedderwick, Alex Salmond, Frank Gardner and Liz Lochhead.

Speakers need to be collected from airports, stations, buses and ferries before being driven to the beautiful, but geographically remote National Booktown of Scotland – Wigtown. Last year the team of dedicated drivers undertook almost 400 journeys to and from transport hubs to ensure guests arrived safely and on time.

This year with more speakers taking part in the ten day programme than ever before the Book Festival team is hoping that additional drivers will get on board and they are keen to hear particularly from volunteers in the Dumfries and Carlisle areas.

Out of pocket expenses will be covered and volunteers receive a small discount token towards their own festival ticket purchases. A meeting for potential new drivers will be held during the second week of September.

To register your interest contact Kenny at or telephone the festival office on 01988 402201.