Wigtown Book Town

Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.

Wigtown’s Location

Situated in the southwest of Scotland, with the Central Belt & Ayrshire to the north, Cumbria & the Lake District to the south, the Scottish Borders & Northumberland to the east, and Ireland to the west, this kaleidoscope of beautiful pastoral landscape, rugged coastline, woodland and forest, moorland and mountain is a rich cultural melting pot.

Wigtown Book Festival

The annual Wigtown Book Festival offers more than 200 events for adults, children and young people including literature, music, film, theatre, arts and crafts. The festival takes place for 10 days each autumn and has welcomed speakers such as Ian Rankin, Clare Balding, Celia Imrie, John Simpson, Joanna Lumley, Douglas Hurd, Sally Magnusson, Richard Holloway, Mairi Hedderwick, Nick Sharratt and Cathy Cassidy.

For more information please visit the Festival website: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

Shopping can be a relaxing day out

With easy access and easy parking in the town’s wide streets and market square, shopping is a pleasure in Wigtown. It’s an easy stroll round bookshops, gift shops, cafes and inns. New businesses and restored buildings all add to the vibrancy of the literary town. There are special facilities, including toilets, for people with a disability.

Buy a book – it’s a gift chosen with care

Wigtown has some twenty book-related businesses, with new and second-hand books galore. Second-hand books in good condition make very popular gifts, with so much thought going into finding just the right book. Stumped for a present? Everyone has an interest – fishing or philosophy, gardening or history – and they’ll love a book about it! How about a 1950s Dandy Book? You don’t have to be a youngster to enjoy an annual.

Paintings, prints and lots of cards

Books and painting go hand-in-hand, and we have specialist businesses that stock a wide range of paintings, prints and cards. Picture-framing and portrait-painting are on offer, too. A portrait in oils, taken from a photo? It’s possible in Wigtown!

Personal service that comes as standard

Most likely, the people serving you in Wigtown shops will own the businesses, and personal service is something they pride themselves in. They’ll help you find exactly the right book or gift, and they’ll advise on art or upholstery, or track down out-of-print publications.

Good food and refreshments

Enjoy a great day out, with meals and refreshments served in the town’s cafes, inns and hotels. We also have our own distillery in nearby Bladnoch – the region’s only distillery – with visitor centre and gift shop. Regular visitors turn their Wigtown shopping trip into a holiday, choosing from the wide range of local accommodation.

We look forward to meeting you when you visit this idyllic corner of south-west Scotland.

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Association of Wigtown Booksellers

Excellent news.Wigtown Book Festival has been named as Scotland’s top cultural event of the year just as preparations get underway for the 20th annual event.
The award was given as part of the Scottish Cultural Awards, described as the country’s Oscars, with the winners being announced at a major event in Glasgow last Thursday night.
The awards are organised by the Sunday Herald in association with Edinburgh Napier University.
Other winners on the night included James McAvoy (Best Film Actor), Bernard MacLaverty (Best Writer), Peter Capaldi (Best TV Actor) and Neve McIntosh (Best Theatre Actor).
Wigtown Book Festival was chosen because it “really went beyond expectations to deliver a life altering experience to its audience”.
Adrian Turpin, artistic director of the Wigtown Book Festival, said: "It’s great to have this recognition just as we get ready for September’s 20th festival.
“The years have seen it grow into a much loved part of Scotland’s cultural calendar which audiences love to return to time and time again because it offers such a brilliant chance to hear superb national and international writers in a welcoming atmosphere, all set in one of the country’s most beautiful regions.”
The festival has welcomed audiences of more than 220,000 and last year it generated an estimated £3 million for the regional economy.
The Wigtown Festival Company is now expanding its operations to offer a year-round programme of high quality literature related events.
• The festival programme will be unveiled at the beginning of August and you can subscribe to receive the programme at wigtownbookfestival.com

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Notes for editors
• For more about the results see newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/cultureawards-2/
• For festival information see www.wigtownbookfestival.com
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