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By Lisa Barbour
Authors pop up for weekend

A POP-up bookshop will be stationed in Dumfries High Street this weekend as part of a three-day festival of light and literature.

Coinciding with the town’s Christmas lights switch-on, shoppers will have the chance to browse and buy books by local writers and meet the talent behind them at the WagTongues event tomorrow and Monday.
And authors Miller Caldwell, Thelma Hancock, Julie Bowmaker, Lynn Otty, Angus Macmillan, Derek Ross, Claire Cogbill, Donald Adamson and Chik Duncan will also be giving interviews and readings from their latest works from 10 am.
Furthermore, a ‘genre bending’ workshop will invite aspiring writers to try their hands at poetry and prose, and visitors can also have a moment of their own lives immortalised in verse by the resident poets of The Poet Is In.
Run by the Dumfries Writers’ Collective, WagTongues is a bookshop which pops up without warning across the region, with the remit to sell local books by local writers.
Member Mary Smith said: “WagTongues runs a programme of events whilst we’re open, so there’s the opportunity to meet authors, listen to readings, hear interviews and attend mini-workshops as well as browse through and buy wonderful books.”

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