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
http://www.lady.co.uk/events/going-out/1098-the-what-where-when-28-september

 

Telegraph online 2012/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/9455946/The-worlds-best-book-festivals.html?image=1

 

Daily Telegraph, print and online 6/8/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/scotland/9456079/Wigtown-Book-Festival-Scotlands-answer-to-Hay-on-Wye.html

 

The Scotsman 2/9/2012
Bookworm column

http://m.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/books/reviews-and-news/bookworm-who-i-padgett-powell-s-southern-send-up-of-waiting-for-godot-in-unexpected-award-1-2502580

 

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
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9541149/Wigtown-Festival-Jan-Morris.html
 

Daily Telegraph, print and online 13/9/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9541348/Wigtown-Festival-A-L-Kennedy-on-Doctor-Who.html

Daily Telegraph, print and online 13/9/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9541310/Wigtown-Festival-Louisa-Young-on-My-Dear-I-Wanted-to-Tell-You.html

 

The Observer, print and online 16/9/12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/sep/16/joanne-oconnor-syracuse-sicily-wigtown

 

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

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/purls-of-wisdom.18926393

 

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

http://m.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/books/reviews-and-news/bookworm-where-else-can-you-take-a-knitting-class-with-janice-galloway-1-2541158

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
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/sep/25/wigtown-galloway-walks-and-attractions

 

The Herald 26/9/12
Editorial

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-dark-skies.18990083

The Herald 27/9/12
Rosemary Goring: Will the march of the ebook destroy Wigtown’s charm?
http://www.heraldscotland.com/books-poetry/comment-debate/will-the-march-of-the-e-book-destroy-wigtowns-charm.18982552

 

The Herald 28/9/12
Mark Smith

http://www.heraldscotland.com/books-poetry/interviews/pottering-around-in-an-wilsons-family-history.18968324

 

The Herald 28/9/12
Teddy Jamieson 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/mccall-smith-kicks-off-festival.19010597

 

The Scotsman 29/9/12

Susan Swarbrick interview with Jan Morris
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/features/interview-jan-morris-travel-writer-1-2553980

 

The Times (UK edition) 29/9/12
News feature: ‘Light pollution is dimming power and beauty of the stars’ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/scotland/article3553452.ece

 

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

Telegraph online 30/9/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9577139/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-a-literary-rabbit-and-a-talent-contest-for-all.html

 

Telegraph online 30/9/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9577162/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Mysterious-book-sculptures-arrive-in-Wigtown.html

 

The Scotsman Magazine 30/9/12
John Hegley: What Matters to Me
http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/features/what-matters-to-me-john-hegley-poet-1-2556390

 

The Independent 1/10/12
Natalie Haynes

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/cherish-the-grey-army-of-volunteers--none-of-us-would-survive-without-their-dedication-8193019.html

 

The Scotsman 1/10/12
Lee Randall: AL  Kennedy on why Dr Who is her inspiration
http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/books/reviews-and-news/author-al-kennedy-on-why-dr-who-is-her-inspiration-1-2556481

 

Telegraph online 1/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9578887/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Marek-Kukula-Martin-Dorey-and-James-Attlee.html

 

Telegraph online 1/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9578887/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Marek-Kukula-Martin-Dorey-and-James-Attlee.html#

 

Telegraph online 1/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9581477/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-QandA-with-Marek-Kukula-and-Pippa-Goldschmidt.html

 

The Times
Court and Social: Happy Birthday Jan Morris
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/courtsocial/article3555038.ece

 

Telegraph online 3/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9582486/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-John-Paul-Flintoff-on-Wigtowns-Got-Talent.html

 

Telegraph online 4/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9583838/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Tahir-Shah-Publishers-have-lost-the-plot.html

 

Telegraph online 4/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9590639/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Jan-Morris-The-British-Empire-was-disintegrating.html

 

Telegraph online 4/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9585121/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-getting-creative.html

 

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

http://www.heraldscotland.com/books-poetry/comment-debate/remembering-ray-bradbury-opens-the-mind-to-the-fantastic.19040348

 

Telegraph online 5/10/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/wigtown-book-festival/9590639/Wigtown-Book-Festival-2012-Jan-Morris-The-British-Empire-was-disintegrating.html

 

Jersey Evening Post 23/11/12
Finding Out How Not to Run a Book Festival http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2012/11/23/conference/

 

 

 

Broadcast


BBC1 Countryfile
Matt Baker finds out why Wigtown is one of Scotland’s most creative small towns
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j8l9h

 

BBC Radio Scotland Book Cafe 24/9/12
Preview with festival director Adrian Turpin and  author John-Paul Flintoff http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mwwjv

 

BBC Radio Scotland Good Morning Scotland, 28/9/12
Dark Skies feature with Lee Graham of Nasa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-19757809

 

ITV Border 28/9/12
Wigtown Book Festival under way
http://www.itv.com/news/border/story/2012-09-27/wigtown-book-festival/

 

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zpssm

 

BBC Radio Scotland Book Cafe 15/10/12
Jon Ronson event recorded and broadcast as live from WBF
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nbtw9
 

 

 

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
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/humaninterest/a-good-sign-for-books-the-village-dedicated-to-them-211155.html

 

 

 

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
http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/wigtown-book-festival-launch-youth-spin-off-1-2429488

 

Galloway Gazette 8/8/12
http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/lifestyle/lifestyle-leisure/wigtown-book-festival-2012-programme-announced-1-2455950

 

Dumfries & Galloway Standard 7/9/12
http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/lifestyle/entertainmentandarts-dumfries/2012/09/07/jon-ronson-on-another-extraordinary-adventure-51311-31782027/

 

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
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-19756495

 

BBC South of Scotland Online 7/10/12                        
How do Book Towns survive in the age of the ereader?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-19814700

 

Galloway Gazette 15/10/12
http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/lifestyle/lifestyle-leisure/john-simpson-s-tales-of-assault-at-wigtown-book-festival-1-2576566

 

Galloway Gazette 15/10/12
http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/lifestyle/lifestyle-leisure/ladies-day-at-wigtown-book-festival-1-2576575

 

 

 

Selected Blogs & Social Media

 

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

http://storify.com/WigtownBookFest/first-weekend-at-wigbookfest

 

The Commonty, 11/8/12

Dark Skies over Wigtown:

http://thecommonty.blogspot.com/
 

25/7/12
http://gotherereadthis.com/2012/07/25/wigtown-booktown-is-real-and-it-has-a-festival/

 

14/10/12
http://missread.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wigtown-book-festival-2012.html