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Big names head to Wig­town for fes­ti­val fun

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKENDTICKET -

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

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