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Wigtown Book Festival

22 September - 1 October 2023

Programme Launch

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.

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

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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