Tell us about your connection to Wigtown and the Book Festival

A friend of mine suggested that I apply for a stall at The Kist last year. I really wasn't sure that I should as I only started my small business last year and thought such an established event might be a bit overwhelming. I couldn't have been more wrong, from the initial enthusiastic emails I exchanged with the team to non-stop chatter with the other stallholders, I have enjoyed every minute. The people I met last year encouraged me so much on the weekend I was at the festival, and at events afterwards, that it gave me the confidence to sell my work through a few galleries and shops. I also enjoyed talking textiles with a few fellow fabric addicts! 

Sum up your festival experience in 5 words
Very friendly, books, vibrant, fun.

What's your favourite festival memory?
Coming back from a lunch break and finding my travelling companion Lee manning my stall. 

Who would be your dream author to appear at the Festival?
Can I have two? If so, John Steinbeck and Michael Palin. 

Give our visitors one recommendation or top tip for Wigtown, the Festival or D&G
Have a walk through the Wood of Cree whilst you're in Wigtownshire.