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Wigtown Book Festival 2020

Titles by our Festival Authors

    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020 This title is not available until the publication date, but can be pre-ordered now and will be sent as soon as possible after th...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Gallowa...
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Gall...
    • Professor Sue Black

      Written in Bone
      Our bones are the silent w...
      Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow. Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, th...
    • Ann Lingard

      The Fresh and the Salt
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, whe...
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, where land meets sea and tides meet freshwater. Their unique ecosystems support a huge range of marine and other wildlife: human activity too is profound...
    • Jenni Fagan

      The Sunlight Pilgrims
      It's November 2020 and the world is freezing...
      It's November 2020 and the world is freezing over. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, and vast swathes of people make for the warmer south, Dylan is heading to Scotland, once the home of his ...
    • Edited by Kathleen Jamie

      Antlers of Water
      The first ever collection of contemporary Sc...
      The first ever collection of contemporary Scottish writing on nature and landscape, Antlers of Water showcases the diversity and radicalism of new Scottish nature writing today. Edited, curated ...
    • Peter Ross

      A Tomb With a View
      Enter a grave new world of fascination and d...
      Enter a grave new world of fascination and delight as award-winning writer Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of graveyards. Who are London's outcast dead and why is David Bowie ...
    • Andrew O'Hagan

      Mayflies
      From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hag...
      From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hagan, a heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship. Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 198...
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    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020 This title is not available until the publication date, but can be pre-ordered now and will be sent as soon as possible after th...
    • Book Bonds

      McNeillie's Mix
      Named after John McNeillie, author of the c...
      Named after John McNeillie, author of the classic work of Scottish rural realism, The Wigtown Ploughman, this is a collection of inspiring fiction and non-fiction from Scotland. Buy one...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Gallowa...
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Gall...
    • Ann Lingard

      The Fresh and the Salt
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, whe...
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, where land meets sea and tides meet freshwater. Their unique ecosystems support a huge range of marine and other wildlife: human activity too is profound...
    • Shaun Bythell

      The Diary of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - S...
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all ...
    • Shaun Bythell

      Confessions of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop i...
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for ...
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Children's Books

    • Book Bonds

      JM Barrie's Bookshelf
      The best of children’s literature by post. ...
      The best of children’s literature by post. Please feel free to request books suitable for a specific age group. Buy one of our Book Bonds, large or small and - when “normal” service is ...
    • Shalla Gray

      Saving Gracie
      Gracie was a dairy cow, her tag said 812, sh...
      Gracie was a dairy cow, her tag said 812, she lived in green and bonny Galloway… Gracie’s life follows the peaceful rhythms of the dairy farm until one day she falls ill. Who can fix her ...
    • Meg McLaren

      The Station Mouse
      Maurice is the Station Mouse, and so he must...
      Maurice is the Station Mouse, and so he must follow The Station Mouse Handbook: Rule 1: A Station Mouse must remain unseen. Rule 2: A Station Mouse must never go out in the daytime...
    • Esther Kent

      Molly's Circus
      Esther Kent is the second Little Door Debut ...
      Esther Kent is the second Little Door Debut to be published by Little Door Books. She is an exciting new author/illustrator who uses a wonderful palette of colours and shapes to express this sim...
    • Chosen and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

      Poems To Save The World With
      This absolutely beautiful gift book antholog...
      This absolutely beautiful gift book anthology contains classic and modern poems to galvanize, uplift and inspire you which are brought to life with exquisite, intricate artwork. Chosen and illus...
    • Steven Lenton

      The Nothing to See Here Hotel
      A splundishly swashbungling tale of trolls, ...
      A splundishly swashbungling tale of trolls, goblins and other bonejangling creatures. Put on your wellies and plunge into the strangest hotel you will ever encounter. Welcome to The Nothi...
    • Steven Lenton

      The Nothing to See Here Hotel: Sea-ing is Believing!
      Frankie Banister and his family are preparin...
      Frankie Banister and his family are preparing to celebrate Grandad Abraham's 175th birthday - an occasion that's going to be even more honkhumptious now that Abe's ghost has showed up! When the ...
    • Sophy Henn

      Pizazz
      Being a superhero is the best thing ever, ri...
      Being a superhero is the best thing ever, right? Wrong! Hello! My name is Pizazz and I'm a superhero... You probably think that's really AWESOME and while it can be, it's also reeeeaallly annoyi...
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Regeneration through books

In 1999 the new Scottish Parliament acknowledged Wigtown as Scotland’s National Book Town, and in the same year the first Book Festival took place. 

Since then, Wigtown has hosted an annual autumn literary festival, with a growing calendar of events through the year.

Our own bookshop has now joined the collection of booksellers in the town.

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