Overhead nighttime picture of Wigtown, fireworks are exploding in the sky above the County Buildings.

Wigtown Book Festival

27 September - 6 October

A Ten Day Celebration of Books in Scotland's National Book Town

Our flagship event, Wigtown Book Festival welcomes international audiences and a prestigious cast of authors each year.

Founded in 1999, the 10-day festival is now one of the UK's best-loved literary events. This year the programme has over 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.

People gathered on a sunny day in Wigtown town gardens during Wigtown Book Festival. A pop up cocktail bar is serving drinks, people are eating at the picnic benches.
Actress Joanna Lumley standing holding an open book surrounded by six children. They all have their hands to their mouths and are gasping. Behind them a pebble dashed wall and a window with a black and white etched picture featuring a house, a fox, a bird, flowers and a large cobweb in the left hand top corner.
An author event held in the main marquee at the Wigtown Book Festival. Rows of chairs are filled with people listening to the author on the stage. The ceiling is draped with white fabric and a large screen is showing various slide show pictures.

Every Autumn Wigtown, a town with a population of little over 1000, welcomes 13,000 visitors to the Book Festival

Exploding colourful firework in the night sky.

Opening Night

We begin each festival with a bagpipe procession through the town followed by fireworks and a hog roast.


Children and Young People

An author stands on the stage at her Children's Book Festival event. She is talking animatedly to a young audience sitting on chairs in front of her. Books and a poster are on the stage with her.

The Big Wig Programme

A festival within a festival, catering for pre-schoolers, primary students, pre-teens and their families.

We host authors events, workshops and activities for children, making Wigtown Book Festival a fun-packed family getaway.

A mixed group of people are sitting in a circle at an event at Wigtown Book Festival. They are listening to a speaker sitting crossed legged on the floor. The ceiling is draped with white material and garlands are strung from the lights above them.

Wigtown YA

Our programme for teenagers and young adults.

Engage with the latest Teen and Young Adult literature
with author events and workshop.

Explore relevant topics through our thought-provoking panel discussions, opening conversations between the authors telling our collective stories.

A group of people dancing and clapping at the Wigtown Book Festival Ceilidh. Bright lights are shining above them.

Festival Ceilidh

Each year we celebrate with a Ceilidh - no previous experience required!


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Rooftop view over Wigtown, the County Buildings clock tower, cree estuary and Galloway hills are in the distance.
Wigtown has managed to create a real ‘boutique’ feel to its festival. It’s refreshingly unstressed, set in stunning landscapes and with an enviably broad and sophisticated programme.

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday