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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Books and more at Wigtown

WRITERS, walks, talks, music and film are at the heart of the 2023 Wigtown Book Festival.

The event will showcase the region’s contemporary authors, poets and filmmakers, explore local Gaelic roots, poetic heritage and traditional songs and highlight the area’s heritage, culture, wildlife and countryside.

Artistic director Adrian Turpin said: “The festival has always been as much about showcasing Galloway to the wider world as it has been about bringing in the best contemporary authors, journalists, scientists, poets, illustrators, academics and others into Wigtown.

“And with this being our 25th event we are more determined than ever to provide a platform for the best of Galloway and it’s a chance to enjoy everything from inspiring writers and films to walks, talks, poetry and music.”

Highlights for this year include appearances from local authors Mairi Kidd, Stuart Paterson, Sarah Thomas, Hugh McMillan and Anstey Harris, as well as the official launch of The Southlight literary magazine.

More Dumfries and Galloway writers will read their own works by day and at night, Dan Richards and Elizabeth Tindal will lead a walk mixing acoustic art, music and literature. Or, step out with Paul Tarling and John Atkinson for the Birds and a Bard walk, among others.

There will be talks on The Princess Victoria Disaster by Elaine Barton; Tales from the Punt with Peter Cockrell; and Skeleton Keys with archaeologists Dr Adrian Maldonado and Dr Shirley Curtis.

And musical performances range from Jo Miller and Neil Sutcliffe’s Galloway music, to The Bookshop Band; and the Galloway Consort.


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