5 Questions with Carolyn Richardson

11 August 2014
Tell us about your connection to Wigtown and the Book Festival 
As a wee girl growing up on the Scottish English border with Grandparents 
close to St John Dalry, I was always being brought over to visit them and 
the countryside of Galloway. I learned to love the area around Wigtown 
and when the festival started up, it was wonderful to see the town grow 
and transform into the vibrant place it is now. There have been too many 
highlights to winnow out one special event or reader but I do remember 
Pete McCarthy’s hilarious stories of his travels back in 2002 and being 
dazzled by BBC’s Two Thousand Acres of Sky, which is largely filmed near 
Wigtown. Too many gems to recall really!
Sum up your festival experience in 5 words 
Entertaining, energetic, family-friendly and fun!
What's your favourite festival memory? 
Book hunting around the shops... I hear that there are more than 250,000 for 
sale in Wigtown. That's more than 200 per head of population. Incredible. Can 
I have another festival memory please, because that one was more a fact! It 
would be the dancing and the music... Dancing to an Irish band late on a 
warm summer evening. Fabulous! 
Who would be your dream author to appear at the Festival? 
If he were still with us, it would be great to have Rabbie Burns of course, but 
in terms of living authors, Jackie Kay has to be up there. She's an incredible, 
visceral, authentic writer. 
Give our visitors one recommendation or top tip for Wigtown, the Festival or 
Only one? Oh how can I choose? Cream o’ Galloway ice cream, Logan 
Botanic Gardens, the many RSPB reserves, the mild climate, the arts & crafts 
of Spring Fling & of course the Book Festival & Big Lit, too. Sorry, I just 
couldn't stop myself! Too difficult to choose one recommendation. The region 
is a hidden gem. 
Carolyn is a poet as well as Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre