Wigtown Festival Company bookshop, the shop front in Wigtown. Wigtown Festival Company bookshop, the shop front in Wigtown.

Thank you for your support.

Every purchase made through our online shop and in person at Number 11 supports Wigtown Book Festival and the charitable activities of Wigtown Festival Company.

Our shop at Number 11 is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday - Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you.

Wigtown Book Festival

New Arrivals

    • Michael Perry

      Hortus Curious : Discover the World's Most Weird and Wonderful Plants and Fungi
      Celebrate the weird, wacky, and wonderful world...
      Celebrate the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of plants with a book that revels in the diversity of the botanical world. Plants are truly awe-inspiring. They can be vast, minute, smelly, or spect...
    • Ian Hislop

      Private Eye Annual
      The 2022 Private Eye Annual presents the year's...
      The 2022 Private Eye Annual presents the year's best cartoons, jokes, parodies and topical sketches from the UK's most successful, best-selling satirical news and current affairs magazine. Edited b...
    • William Boyd

      The Romantic
      Soldier. Farmer. Felon. Writer. Father. Lover. ...
      Soldier. Farmer. Felon. Writer. Father. Lover. One man, many lives. Born in 1799, Cashel Greville Ross experiences myriad lives: joyous and devastating, years of luck and unexpected loss. Moving fr...
    • John Lewis-Stempel

      Nightwalking: Four Journeys into Britain After Dark
      At night, the normal rules of Nature do not app...
      At night, the normal rules of Nature do not apply. In the night-wood I have met a badger coming the other way, tipped my cap, said hello. The animals do not expect us humans to be abroad in the dar...
    • Amy Jeffs

      Wild : Tales from Early Medieval Britain
      By the bestselling author of Storyland. Sheer c...
      By the bestselling author of Storyland. Sheer cliffs, salt spray, explosive sea spume, thunderous clouds, icy waves, whales with mountains on their backs, sleet, bitter winds, bleak, impenetrable m...
    • Marian Keyes

      Again, Rachel
      Back in the long ago nineties, Rachel Walsh was...
      Back in the long ago nineties, Rachel Walsh was a mess. But a spell in rehab transformed everything. Life became very good, very quickly. These days, Rachel has love, family, a great job as an addi...
    • Richard Mabey

      Food for Free : 50th Anniversary Edition
      This fully updated special edition of the class...
      This fully updated special edition of the classic complete guide to the edible species that grow around us includes a new foreword from the author and a plate section with identification guides for...
    • Camila Sosa Villada

      The Queens Of Sarmiento Park
      Auntie Encarna's is the queerest boarding house...
      Auntie Encarna's is the queerest boarding house in the world. For Camila, it is a refuge, and the travesti who gather there are like family. At night they head out to Sarmiento Park to earn money. ...
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    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop...
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop, Wigtown, Shaun Bythell has met pretty much every kind of customer there is - from the charming, erudite and deep-pocketed to the eccentric, flatulen...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, ...
      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 Gallowa...
    • Wigtown Festival Bookshop

      Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don...
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don't know which one to choose?  Why not give a Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card instead and the recipient can make their own choice?   Gift Cards ar...
    • Shaun Bythell

      Confessions of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in W...
      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 bookworms....
    • Ann Lingard

      The Fresh and the Salt
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, where ...
      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 profoundly ...
    • Josie Neill

      There's ma Mammy Wavin'
      Josie Neill has been writing beautiful, grounde...
      Josie Neill has been writing beautiful, grounded Scots poetry for half a century. Her poetry evokes a rural childhood long gone but tackles contemporary issues too. In a time when writing in Scots ...
    • Shaun Bythell

      The Diary of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scot...
      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 set...
    • Jessica Fox

      Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets
      A bookshop love story Jessica Fox is living in ...
      A bookshop love story Jessica Fox is living in Hollywood, a 26-year-old filmmaker with a high-stress job at NASA. Working late one night, craving another life, she is seized by a moment of inspirat...
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Children's Books

    • Wigtown Festival Bookshop

      Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don...
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don't know which one to choose?  Why not give a Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card instead and the recipient can make their own choice?   Gift Cards ar...
    • Ross MacKenzie

      The Otherwhere Emporium
      The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared on...
      The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared once more. With its shining bricks the colour of midnight, and rich scents of melting chocolate and exotic spices, it's easy to see why inquisitive Mirr...
    • Jackie Morris

      The House Without Windows
      Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nat...
      Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nature writing - a fable about wildness and the desire to escape - beautifully illustrated by beloved artist and The Lost Words creator Jackie Morris. Li...
    • Barbara Henderson

      The Seige of Caerlaverock
      12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little conseq...
      12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little consequence but the new castle commander Brian de Berclay has his evil eye on her. Perhaps she shouldn't have secretly fed the young prisoner in the tower. ...
    • Alan Windram

      One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe
      The follow up to the award-winning One Button B...
      The follow up to the award-winning One Button Benny picture book and the second book in the series. Benny's new adventure sees all the robots having to work together when more aliens arrive on thei...
    • Jackie Morris

      The Jackie Morris Book of Classic Nursery Rhymes
      A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous collect...
      A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous collection of nursery rhymes for all ages, including many favourite rhymes as well as some that will be a delightful discovery. Originally published as The C...
    • Anna Wilson

      Vlad the World's Worst Vampire
      Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler fami...
      Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler family, the bravest vampires that ever lived. But Vlad isn't very brave at all. He's even a little bit scared of the dark! All Vlad wants is some friends ...
    • Joseph Coelho

      A Year of Nature Poems
      A poem for every month, this is a beautiful ant...
      A poem for every month, this is a beautiful anthology of nature poems by best-loved children's poet, Joseph Coelho encourages a love for the natural world and the importance of looking after it. 'a...
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About us

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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