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Literature Ambassador: Wigtown News

Wigtown Book Festival |  21 – 30 September 2018

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Join us for electric dreams this autumn

Electricity is in the air in Scotland’s Book Town. This weekend sees the switching on of the Christmas lights and the annual Fire and Light celebrations, organised by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers. There is – literally – illuminating theatre in Brilliance, while early in the new year our science weekend, Big Bang, will offer a jolt of midwinter energy. All that and Book Week Scotland, too. To find out what’s going on in Wigtown year round, go to www.explorewigtown.com.

Brilliance

Thur 30 Nov, 7.30pm, County Buildings
It’s 1963 and everyone is gathering in the village hall as electricity comes to a rural community for the first time. But as Daisy puts her hand on the switch does she know what she’s about to release? Farnham Maltings brilliant new touring show brings music and drama to Wigtown’s County Buildings next week.
In association with DG Arts Live.

Amy Geddes: Fyne Fiddles

Sat 25 Nov, 3-5pm
The Old Bank Bookshop

A leading light in the world of contemporary Scottish fiddle, Amy Geddes returns to her Galloway roots with the launch of her much-anticipated book, Fyne Fiddles. Part of Fire and Light weekend. Free with donation, but ticketed. Refreshments provided.

The Winter Kist

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov
10am-4pm
County Buildings
Free entry

Twenty-five artisan stalls offering original arts and crafts, unique Christmas gifts and delicious food and drink. Refuel at the Festive Tearoom and pop in to see the man in red in Santa’s Grotto. Huge thanks to Wigtown Community Shop for their support.

Visit The Kist Facebook page for updates and full details on our Winter Kist exhibitors.

Gemma Cairney
at Book Week Scotland

Weds 29 Nov
7pm
The Print Room, 8 New Road, Wigtown

Book Week Scotland is an annual national celebration of reading. To celebrate, this year Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney will be in Wigtown to talk about her new book Open, a guide to how magical and messed up life can be. An important advocate for young people, Gemma is here to offer hope (and a huge comforting cuddle) to all of us attempting to navigate our way through the modern world.
Check our Gemma’s book trailer here.

Big Bang Science Weekend

2-4 February 2018
Make a date in your diary this February for “Is It Alive?”. The second year of Wigtown’s exciting science weekend, Big Bang, will feature 48 hours of electrifying talks on the mechanics of being alive. From human consciousness to alien beings, Frankenstein to robots, we’ll be bringing together leading experts in understanding life as we know it and offering a fascinating glimpse into our future. We’ll be launching the full programme shortly and we hope to see you there. Subscribe here to join the Big Bang mailing list.

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9 Comments

    1. It is a beautiful region, especially the Galloway half (Dumfriesshire is less wild, more manicured). One of the benefits of being so remote is that the area has over the years attracted lots of artists (writers, musicians, sculptors, painters…) and so art has become our biggest income generator. Thus all the events, and these are just some of the literary ones, we also have lots of music and visual art things happening all the time.

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