Literature Ambassador #5: Bookish in Spring

Organised by The Association of  Wigtown Booksellers  Wigtown Spring Book Weekend is now a well established annual festival. You’ll find four days of events in bookshops and cafes around town, as well as in the new WFC venue space at Number 11 North Main Street.

The whole programme can be found here and you can book tickets online, over the phone at 01988 403222 or in person at the WFC offices (11 North Main Street).

Just to whet your appetite here’s a quick sketch of some of the things you can expect to see:

How Birds Make Place in Literature

Dr. David Borthwick event

Dr David Borthwick

Monday 1 May, 12noon
Number 11

With an emphasis on migrant birds, Dr Borthwick discusses the allure of birds in literature.

Dr. Borthwick was the dissertation supervisor for my M.Litt, and boy did her make me work! He has since soared to new heights, and is now quite an expert on birds, especially geese and swans, and especially in literature. He’s also a marvellous writer and poet in his own right, his twitter stream is a joy.

More info and booking details here

A Suggestion of Bones

Kriss Nichol event

Kriss Nichol

Friday 28 April, 7pm
​Number 11

A Suggestion of Bones is the second poetry pamphlet by Kriss Nichol who, “uses language like a knife”.

I met Kriss recently when she came to Moffat to read from, and discuss, her latest novel Monsoons and Marigolds. She was great: she presented each member of the audience with a tissue-paper marigold made by her own fair hands, and she answered every question put to her with exuberant honesty. I love to hear about artist’s processes and Kriss more than satisfied my curiosity.

More info and booking details here

Scotland in Books

Scotland in Books

Until 14 May
Number 11

Photographer Celeste Noche has captured bookshops, libraries and personal collections in her illuminating exhibition.

10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.

More info here

Stories Untold: The Invisible Experiences of Traveller Girls in Scotland

Dr Geetha Marcus

Dr Geetha Marcus

Saturday 29 April, 3pm
Number 11

Dr Marcus tells some of the remarkable untold stories of Scotland’s young Traveller women.

I don’t know Dr Marcus, so I googled and found (in her own words):

In 2012, I was awarded a jointly funded Scottish Government/ESRC doctoral research into the educational experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls in Scotland.  In the course of my research, I have conducted an extensive range of in-depth interviews with young Traveller women about their racialised and gendered experiences within public spaces of school and private spaces of home. As a South Asian and advocate of black feminist thought and methodology, my work also explores research into the marginalised experiences and multiple identities of women of colour within predominantly ‘white’ spaces.

More info and booking details here

Featured work


All weekend
Number 11

Visit the festival shop at Number 11 where you’ll find Galloway Chillies, Aldaron Woodcrafts, Christine Galloway Designs, Peter Wareing Ceramics and Patchwork and Paper by Julie A T.

10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.

The Spring Kist


29-30 April
County Buildings, Wigtown

More than 25 stalls featuring arts, crafts, food and drink from the region and beyond, including 12 new exhibitors.

10am-4pm each day

More info here

So, that’s just a tiny taste of what the weekend holds for you in Wigtown, there’s still time to book a flight from anywhere in the world, I’ll pick you up at the airport… X

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