Wigtown Book Festival 2022 unveils lineup of 200 events, including Graham McTavish


WIGTOWN Book Festival has unveiled a program of over 200 events for its annual 10-day celebration of literature in Scotland’s national book city.

The popular festival will run from September 23 to October 2 as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories.

Visitors are invited from across the country and beyond as the event continues to rebuild from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers from many genres will attend, including Outlander actor Graham McTavish and Scottish author Chris Brookmyre.

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Sports commentator Andrew Cotter, known for talking about his beloved Labradors Olive and Mabel, will also be at the festival.

The festival’s artistic director, Adrian Turpin, said: “The festival will celebrate the best in today’s books and writing, with a host of writers – but this is just the beginning.

“We are at the very heart of the Scottish Year of Stories 2022, inviting people to experience literature and storytelling in many different forms, whether through fiction, non-fiction, poetry, pictures , theatre, music or art.

“And as we continue to rebuild after Covid, we hope people will join us to enjoy hearing from and meeting authors in person, to participate in other events of all kinds, and to learn about the campaign – and the literary traditions – of Galloway.

“Another thing close to our hearts is the importance and joy of fostering a love of literature and storytelling among the next generation – so we have compelling programs for young people and children.”

The Wigtown Book Festival celebrates Galloway and the town’s best-selling author and owner of Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop, Shaun Bythell, will talk about his latest book, Remainders of the Day.

A special event, specially created as part of the Year of Scottish Stories 2022, will be The Bookshop Untold – a storytelling performance set in an enchanted bookshop aimed at people aged 12 and over – which will take the public on a journey through history, Scottish literature, art, love and loss.

Nature, natural history and human relationships with the natural world will be an important theme throughout the festival.

Perthshire ecologist and naturalist Polly Pullar will talk about her latest book The Horizontal Oak, while Edinburgh research explorer Steve Brusatte will discuss The Rise and Reign of the Mammals.

Guests will also include Romain Pizzi, an Edinburgh-based wildlife vet who has performed brain surgery on a bear and endoscopies on sharks.

Braveheart actress Gerda Stevenson and Deacon Blue singer Ricky Ross will also make an appearance.

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People will also be able to enjoy other events, including a literary walk through the Galloway countryside as well as fireworks and a pipe band on opening night.

VisitScotland’s Director of Events, Paul Bush, said: “From literary icons to local storytelling, the Scottish Year of Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, to participate in events and to explore the places, people and cultures linked to all forms of our history.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and this year’s Wigtown Book Festival will spotlight Scotland’s national book town with a varied program of music, performance and literature.

Tickets are on sale now.

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