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Wigtown September Festival. 22nd September – 1st October

A Celebration of the Written Word through Books, Art, Film and Theatre

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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.

Michael McCreath Festival Chairman



Click here to read comments from some of the 2004 Literary Festival guest writers.

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