The 2012 festival was our busiest ever and with Wigtown’s Creative Place Award, our Dark Skies programme and focus on craft, there’s been plenty to write and broadcast about.



Scotland & UK National


The Lady Magazine Sept 2012


Telegraph online 2012/13


Daily Telegraph, print and online 6/8/12


The Scotsman 2/9/2012
Bookworm column


Scotland on Sunday, International Section 9/9/12

Book festival has its sights set on helping national charity partner


Daily Telegraph, print and online 13/9/12

Daily Telegraph, print and online 13/9/12

Daily Telegraph, print and online 13/9/12


The Observer, print and online 16/9/12


The Sunday Herald 16/9/12
Purls of wisdom - Janice Galloway


Evening Standard, London, travel  17/9/12


Travel brief: What’s Going On In... Wigtown


The Press and Journal, 22/09/12, Your Life


Hidden gems of Dumfries and Galloway


The List, 20 Sept -7 Oct

A New Leaf


The List, Books and Events 20/9/12

Wigtown Book Festival


The Scotsman 22/9/12
Bookworm column

The Week, 23/9/2012, Going Out

What we’re looking forward to in arts and entertainment this week.  Books


The Guardian online, travel front page 25/9/12


The Herald 26/9/12

The Herald 27/9/12
Rosemary Goring: Will the march of the ebook destroy Wigtown’s charm?


The Herald 28/9/12
Mark Smith


The Herald 28/9/12
Teddy Jamieson


The Scotsman 29/9/12

Susan Swarbrick interview with Jan Morris


The Times (UK edition) 29/9/12
News feature: ‘Light pollution is dimming power and beauty of the stars’


Scotland on Sunday, Comment 30/9/12
Another View: Lee Graham of Nasa

Telegraph online 30/9/12


Telegraph online 30/9/12


The Scotsman Magazine 30/9/12
John Hegley: What Matters to Me


The Independent 1/10/12
Natalie Haynes


The Scotsman 1/10/12
Lee Randall: AL  Kennedy on why Dr Who is her inspiration


Telegraph online 1/10/12


Telegraph online 1/10/12


Telegraph online 1/10/12


The Times
Court and Social: Happy Birthday Jan Morris


Telegraph online 3/10/12


Telegraph online 4/10/12


Telegraph online 4/10/12


Telegraph online 4/10/12


The Herald 5/10/12
Rosemary Goring: Remembering Ray Bradbury opens the mind to the fantastic


Telegraph online 5/10/12


Jersey Evening Post 23/11/12
Finding Out How Not to Run a Book Festival





BBC1 Countryfile
Matt Baker finds out why Wigtown is one of Scotland’s most creative small towns


BBC Radio Scotland Book Cafe 24/9/12
Preview with festival director Adrian Turpin and  author John-Paul Flintoff


BBC Radio Scotland Good Morning Scotland, 28/9/12
Dark Skies feature with Lee Graham of Nasa


ITV Border 28/9/12
Wigtown Book Festival under way


BBC Radio Scotland, Brian Taylor’s Bog Debat  5/10/12
Live broadcast from Wigtown


BBC Radio Scotland, Shereen 13/10/12
Extended interview with author Tahir Shah about WBF


BBC Radio Scotland Book Cafe 15/10/12
Jon Ronson event recorded and broadcast as live from WBF



Outside UK

Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine, Germany 8/9/12
“A Paradise for Booklovers” by Beate Baum. Regional newspaper, circulation 165,000 Kassel Germany. Full page travel section.


Bremer Tageszeitungen, Germany 22/10/12
Beate Baum: Paradies der Leseratten. Bremen daily. Circulation 60,000.


Freies Wort, Germany 29/9/12
Beate Baum: Ein Paradies für Leseratten. Southern German daily, circulation 80,000. Full page travel


Irish Examiner 18/10/12




Local and Regional

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, 09/08/12

Wigtown joins international showcase of country’s cultural riches

‘Scotland’s most creative small town’ embraces the night as audience is invited to become festival artists.


Dumfries and Galloway Life, Arts & Leisure: Wigtown Book Festival, Oct 2012 issue

4 page feature

Galloway Gazette 24/7/12


Galloway Gazette 8/8/12


Dumfries & Galloway Standard 7/9/12


Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 21/9/12, Arts and Entertainment

Celebrate the dark


Dumfries and Galloway Standard 21/9/12

Homegrown literary talent


Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, 27/9/12

Wigtown Book Festival ready for launch tomorrow:  literary feast for the whole family


BBC South of Scotland Online 28/9/12


BBC South of Scotland Online 7/10/12                        
How do Book Towns survive in the age of the ereader?


Galloway Gazette 15/10/12


Galloway Gazette 15/10/12




Selected Blogs & Social Media


Storify: curated collection of social media relating to first weekend of festival


The Commonty, 11/8/12

Dark Skies over Wigtown: