Tell us about your connection to Wigtown and the Book Festival

I am a crochet jewellery artist and I will be exhibiting in The Kist.  I exhibited last year for a few days and it was brilliant to be a central part of the Festival.  We’re a very friendly bunch and all look out for each other, which meant I was able to dip out to go to a few talks and leave someone keeping an eye on my stall.  This year I’ll be there for the duration of the Festival which should be fantastic - I’m already starting to plan which Festival events I can fit in while I’m there, and looking forward to the camaraderie and fun we all have together.

 

Sum up your festival experience in 5 words

Fun, buzzing, friendly, exhilarating madness!

 

What's your favourite festival memory?

Dancing to “The Squirrel Song” with the wonderful Renita Boyle in The Kist … my business is called Red Squirrel Crafts, so it seemed appropriate! 

 

Who would be your dream author to appear at the Festival?

I am a massive Harry Potter fan – I was one of those people who queued up at midnight to get the books as soon as they were released!  So it would have to be JK Rowling …. make it happen, please please please!

 

Give our visitors one recommendation or top tip for Wigtown, the Festival or

D&G

Obviously I have to recommend The Kist!  It’ll be packed with talented artists and makers, so it’s the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping and buy something unique!  My top tip while you’re in D&G is to explore some of Galloway Forest Park. I’m lucky enough to live in the Forest Park and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.  It’s my favourite time of year here too: the red deer rut will be starting while the Festival is on, the nights are getting longer so you can enjoy the beautiful dark skies, and the Loch Trool Trail is stunning at this time of year with glorious autumn colours.  Bonnie Galloway at its finest.

 

Red Squirrel Crafts