September Festival Programme
This year’s programme is currently being printed and will be sent out in the second week of August.
If you have broadband, you may wish to download a pdf of the programme by clicking here.
Bookings can be made from 14th August.
There will be over 70 events, including the following:
Louis de Bernieres reads from his peerless Poetry & Prose
Richard Holloway asks “Does Religion have a Sense of Humour?”
Aberfeldy plays The Bladnoch Distillery
Fiona Armstrong and Donald MacIntosh swap Fishing Tales
Willy Russell discusses Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers
James Buchan profiles Adam Smith
Allan Little talks on Spain 1936 – 2006
Stephanie Calman confesses to being a Failed Grown-Up
Paul Heiney sails solo across The Atlantic
Kathryn Hughes descibes the amazing life of Mrs Beaton
Bob Flowerdew digs the dirt on Organic Gardening
Aline Templeton leaves her victims Cold in the Earth
Rageh Omaar tells Magnus Linklater about being a British Muslim war reporter
Lisa Chaney discusses the life of Peter Pan creator J M Barrie
Duncan McMillan gives an illustrated talk on Henry Raeburn 1756 – 2006
Jackie Kay reads from her latest collection of Short Stories
Andrew Greig hacks through the rough onto Preferred Lies
Magnus Magnusson lifts the lid on the most notorious Fakes, Frauds and Phonies
Leslie Glaister sets pulses racing with her Thriller Writing
Sheena McDonald interviews Max Arthur on The Edwardians and WW1
The National Library justifies its purchase of The John Murray Collection
Catriona McPherson reads from The Burry Man’s Day
Geoff Keating leads a celebration of Mozart’s 250th
Prof. Charles McKean works out why The Tay Bridge collapsed
Alastair McIntosh connects people with the earth in Soil & Soul
Nick Thorpe jumps ships in Adrift in Caledonia
Roderick Graham hails The Life of David Hume
Benedict Allen punishes himself with Extreme Adventure
Claire Macdonald of Macdonald has us drooling in the aisles with her talk on Fish
This year features a new venue right in the heart of town. A 350 seat marquee will fill the Wigtown Gardens and provide not only our main festival venue, but also various trade stands to peruse between events.
The Children’s Festival will be much improved this year, taking place on the south side of the town square in a marquee. It also has the added attraction of being sponsored by an ice cream factory.
This year also sees the exciting introduction of a folk festival into the programme for the weekend of 29th September to 1st October. Musicians from all over Ireland, England and Scotland will converge on Wigtown to entertain in two formal concerts as well as countless low-key events around the town.
Unlike most other festivals, literary festivals are immune to inclement weather. All our venues are warm and dry, and offer the ideal refuge from an autumnal shower.
And rest assured that, between events, there will be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere in Scotland’s widest street or browse around our cavernous bookshops.
Click here to read comments from some of the 2004 Literary Festival guest writers.
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