Celebrating 20 Years of Scotland’s National Booktown

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.

Early Book Town and Byre Books

We were in Wigtown for a family holiday just after it was proclaimed Scotland's National Book Town in 1998. Thinking 'we could do that', we were lucky enough to find two semi derelict barns and some waste ground just off the main street that we could buy. We spent the...

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Can it really be twenty years already?

Even before Wigtown became the National Book Town Billy and I had decided that this is where we would retire to, in spite of its depressed state. I thought it was wonderful that the town was awarded this status, but I did not quite see that things would change as much...

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THE GUID AULD TOON O’ WIGTOWN

The arrival of the Book Town in Wigtown stimulated many things…. Steve Dowling down in the old creamery at Bladnoch opened an early version of the Unit 3 Art Gallery. This was presided over by Lor & Irene Wakeman and they started holding poetry evenings. This led to...

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Bookmaze = amazing!

One of my projects along with Wig from 415f.... this was a lot of hard work but it was received really well! Bookmaze = amazing! Julie@ bookendstudio

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Wigtown garden party

The 16th of May marked twenty years since Wigtown was chosen as Scotland's National Book Town. We celebrated with a Garden Party in the town gardens, with over one hundred people, young and old, smiling in the sun-shine, listening to fine music from Nathon Jones and...

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Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

As Wigtown celebrates becoming Scotland's National Booktown 20 years ago it's apt that Alex Johnson's lovely new coffee table book 'Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word' hits the bookshops. This love letter to some of the world's loveliest places...

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Don King

Photo: Don King beside a giant bookmark at the Scottish Tourist Board Office in London During the 1990's my wife and I owned the Wigtown Post Office and Newsagents. I remember the day an article appeared in the Glasgow Herald saying it was hoped to establish a...

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Doesn`t time fly

John Swinney, then leader of the SNP, John Robertson, Roy Surplice and Alistair Morgan MSP. I had the privilege of being the Book Town Project Manager for five years between 2002 and 2007 probably the most enjoyable five years employment in my 30 years in various...

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Wigtown BookTown Bid

A film made by the People of Wigtown with the help of Rex Pyke to help the bid to become Scotland's National Book Town in 1998. Shown by kind permission of Rex...

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