A bird's eye view of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town during the annual Wigtown Book Festival. The main street is lined with cars, a large marquee covers the gardens where many events are held. The County Buildings with a smaller marquee housing the Autumn Kist. Wigtown bay and the Galloway hills are in the distance.

Our Mission

A community of books changes lives

Our Mission

To produce the UK’s most vibrant book festival and develop the literary and cultural wealth of Scotland's National Book Town and its region. In doing so, we will also deliver social and economic benefits for the people of our region. 

Our Vision

A prosperous and confident Wigtown will be nationally and internationally renowned for its annual book festival, and celebrated as a hub for literary and artistic activity and a destination for cultural tourism.

A gathering of people enjoying an event at Wigtown's Book Festival.  In the fore front three people are sitting at a table with drinks and papers laughing.
A gathering of people at an outside event in the rain during the Wigtown Book Festival. The event guide is holding various grasses in his hand whilst people look on and listen. They are standing at the Martyrs Stake, Wigtown.
Two people standing in the sunshine talking to each other in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Behind them terraced houses and trees.
School children raising their hands and engaging with an author at a Children's Book Festival event in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.
A distant view of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. The Galloway hills in the distance.
Wigtown in Scotland – they’ve turned the town’s fortunes around completely and shown that you don’t have to be a major city to run an incredible book offering and important book and arts festivals.

Alex Johnson, Forbes