The latest chapter for our Book Town
Big names head to Wigtown for festival fun
A catalogue of authors and famous names have been gracing the Wigtown Book Festival.
At least 10 times as many tickets have been sold than there are residents in Scotland’s Book Town.
And it continues until Sunday so there is lots more still to come.
Adrian Turpin, the festival’s artistic director, said: “Wigtown may be a small, fairly remote place, but it’s also Scotland’s Book Town, visited by an increasing number of book-lovers from across the globe, many of whom have chosen to make their homes there.”
Today’s schedule includes a session with Judy Murray – the mum of tennis champions Andy and Jamie.
Mostly Ghostly will lead an evening trip to Sorbie Tower, the ancestral seat of Clan Hannay. A mysterious lady in grey features among its folklore, as well as phantom hitch-hikers nearby.
Among tomorrow’s highlights will be a visit by Denise Mina who has established herself as one of Scottish literature’s most talented and original voices.
Her latest novel The Long Drop draws heavily on the true story of serial killer Peter Manuel, who was hanged at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow in 1958.
Martin Bell has stood in war zones as both a soldier and a journalist. In his new book War and the Death of News, he provides a moving account of conflict and also makes a passionate plea to put substance back in news coverage.
He will be at the festival marquee tomorrow evening.
And on Sunday Scottish history and literature expert Ted Cowan will look at how Gallovidians have exerted an influence on the wider world. Further information on the full line-up is available online at wigtownbookfestival.com.
Signs are good Wigtown hosts festival. Inset, Judy Murray