Packed­pro­gramme for Wig­town fes­ti­val

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The his­tory, cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment of Gal­loway will be cel­e­brated in dis­cus­sions, po­etry, lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic and ice cream at this year’s Wig­town Book Fes­ti­val.

The event, which takes place from Septem­ber 22 to Oc­to­ber 1, is packed with rev­e­la­tions about one of the coun­try’s largest but least-known re­gions.

Ted Cowan, Glas­gow Univer­sity’s emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of Scot­tish his­tory and lit­er­a­ture, will speak at a spe­cial event called “Gal­loway in the World”, which re­veals how this area of south-west Scot­land has ex­erted a global in­flu­ence.

Prof Cowan, be­low, will also be speak­ing at a sep­a­rate but closely linked event called “Trea­sured: The World of the Gal­loway Vik­ing Hoard” where he is joined by coun­cil ar­chae­ol­o­gist An­drew Ni­chol­son to dis­cuss one of the great­est finds ever made in the coun­try.

The hoard, dis­cov­ered by a metal de­tec­torist af­ter be­ing buried in Gal­loway’s soil for 1,000 years, con­tains an as­ton­ish­ing ar­ray of Vik­ing Age trea­sures from across Europe to Byzan­tium and has been awarded to the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land de­spite a cam­paign to give it a per­ma­nent home in the re­gion.

His­tory will com­bine with mys­tery at the fes­ti­val at “On the Trail of Mer­lin in a Dark Age” when Robin Crich­ton ex­plores whether the pa­gan wiz­ard Mer­lin of Arthurian le­gend was real and spent time in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, and if he du­eled with St Mungo.

And there’s a chance to get out there and ex­pe­ri­ence the oth­er­worldly for your­self with a Mostly Ghostly night­time tour of Sor­bie Tower. The 16th-cen­tury tower house is steeped in tales of strange lights and the spirit of a lady in grey.

One of Wig­town­shire’s most fa­mous sons, Paul Laverty, who wrote the screen­play for the Ken Loach movies Carla’s Song, My Name Is Joe, Sweet Six­teen and I, Daniel Blake is among this year’s spe­cial guests. The for­mer hu­man rights lawyer will be at the fes­ti­val to in­tro­duce a spe­cial screen­ing of I, Daniel Blake and to de­liver a talk on art, ac­tivism and roots.

There’s the chance to hear about a book in the very place that in­spired it when Shaun Bythell, owner of The Book­shop, launches “Diary of a Book­seller” (com­plete with anec­dotes about ec­cen­tric cus­tomers and tru­cu­lent staff) amongst the es­tab­lish­ment’s mile of shelv­ing and stock of 100,000 vol­umes.

Po­etry takes prece­dence when BBC Scot­land’s poet in res­i­dence Stu­art A Pater­son cel­e­brates “Look­ing South”, his first full-length col­lec­tion for 20 years, which takes in­spi­ra­tion from the peo­ple and lan­guage of south west Scot­land.

One of the re­gion’s, and Scot­land’s, most renowned land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers Al­lan Wright will present an il­lus­trated talk en­ti­tled “Gal­loway” in which he of­fers stun­ning fresh per­spec­tives of its towns, habi­tats and her­itage.

The fes­ti­val is also de­lighted to be able to of­fer en­ter­tain­ment and chat from the Book­shop Band, in­clud­ing Talk­ing Break­fast chat shows where they will play mu­sic and talk to spe­cial guests while the au­di­ence en­joy cof­fee and pas­tries.

Just to prove there’s some­thing for ev­ery pos­si­ble taste, the fes­ti­val is also of­fer­ing vis­its to the farm run by Cream O’ Gal­loway where vis­i­tors can find out about its in­no­va­tive ap­proach to dairy farming and an­i­mal wel­fare.

For fes­ti­val de­tails visit www. wig­town­book­fes­ti­val.com.

of The Arches an­thems will be brought back to life at Colours Clas­si­cal, a unique evening com­bin­ing dance floor an­thems with the 60-piece Scot­tish Fes­ti­val Orches­tra.

We have FOUR PAIRS of tick­ets to give­away for this must see cel­e­bra­tion of club clas­sics from 1995-2015 tak­ing place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29 at The SSE Hy­dro, Glas­gow.

Spe­cial guest DJs Danny Ram­pling, Seb Fon­taine, Tall Paul and The Arches le­gend Judge Jules will per­form with the Scot­tish Fes­ti­val Orches­tra and The Tron Com­mu­nity Choir to put a new spin on some of the big­gest and best dance tracks.

The legacy of one of the world’s most iconic venues will live on at The SSE Hy­dro with a sound­track that de­fined an era that time will never for­get. HOW TO ENTER Cor­rectly an­swer this ques­tion for your chance to win:

Mu­si­cians Mem­bers of the Gal­loway Vi­olin Stu­dio

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