5 Questions with KGR Glass

4 August 2014

Tell us about your connection to Wigtown and the Book Festival

I have visited Wigtown on day trips to Galloway over many years from my hometown of Dumfries but never got a real feel for the place until I was pointed in the direction of an application form for The Kist last summer. Unsure even if my fledgling business as a part-time glass artist would be considered I applied for weekend space at the Book Festival Kist. To my delight I was accepted .......then mild panic set in...... I have experience of day fairs but nothing this prestigious..... What should I make to take, how much stock, would people like it ??? I took advice from people who had done it before and whom I had got to know through other fairs and took a selection of my personal favourite pieces and other pieces that I hoped would appeal and suit different budgets. I didn't know what to expect and so went with an open mind. What I found was a well-run, busy venue surrounded by the best place in Scotland to have such an event. The other sellers, locals and visitors I met were so friendly and welcoming and although I didn't manage to go to any events and talks by authors, writers and broadcasters I gleaned a lot of feedback and spied some famous faces in the crowds.

From that first weekend in Wigtown at the Kist in 2013 I have met so many people who I now count as friends in Wigtown and beyond. Through that friendship I am now part of the Galloway Creatives group formed because, as friends, our art complements each other’s and we have now exhibited collectively throughout the region. I am delighted to be returning for this year’s Book Festival Kist with new designs and pieces.


Sum up your festival experience in 5 words

a welcoming, fun, fantastic experience


What's your favourite festival memory?
Lots but the one that stands out is the quiet anticipation in the Kist marquee that turns into a mega buzz as people pour through the doors .... can't beat it!


Who would be your dream author to appear at the Festival?

I have three: Enid Blyton to relive childhood stories; Bill Bryson to ask him about his travels; and Mark Billingham because I love his crime series of Tom Thorne stories.

Give our visitors one recommendation or top tip for Wigtown, the Festival or D&G

Make a holiday around the Book Festival and explore not just Wigtown and The Machars but further afield-- we have beautiful countryside, villages and towns in Dumfries and Galloway, steeped in history, from hills, forests, lochs to a varied coastline, castles, caves, cairns, sailing, golf, mountain biking, fishing...... something for everyone. Go out there and enjoy the region which inspires my work.


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