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By Fiona Reid
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Book festival wins commendation

A BOOK festival in the region has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Wigtown Book Festival was commended in the Education Partnership category of this year’s ScottishPower Foundation Awards, which took place at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth last week.
Book festival operation director Anne Barclay said: “We are delighted to have been acknowledged alongside such brilliant projects.
“The work we do is made possible with the support and backing of the ScottishPower Foundation and we’d like to thank the team for its continued support over the past year.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to Wigtown and sharing the good news.”
The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the 28 outstanding charities and non-profit organisations from across the UK that have received funding from the ScottishPower Foundation over the past year.
And for a second year running, funding from the ScottishPower Foundation has enabled the literacy initiative ‘Comic Generation’ project to take place.
The initiative is part of Wigtown Book Festival’s programme for young people.
Comic Generation challenges budding illustrators, aged 11-18, to create their own superhero character with energy-related powers, capable of being incorporated into a short comic strip.
ScottishPower Foundation trustee and executive officer Ann Loughrey said: “We are lucky to work with truly inspirational projects and what they do in communities across the UK is admirable. We are delighted to have been able to play a role in supporting them this year.”

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