Wigtown Book Festival 2013

Wigtown Book Festival 2013

It’s been a busy week trying to get necessary information and images together for my Spring Fling 2014 application.Luckily my friend Julie Hollis at Cloud 9 Studio gallery was on hand to help with taking the final image and the resizing involved.
Yesterday with temperatures hitting a balmy 20 degrees,my daughter and I set off for Wigtown,a 10 day literary celebration in Scotland’s National Book Town.There are nearly 200 events including workshops,readings and activities ……

After a glorious drive along the coast we arrived and just enjoyed the ambience of the day.There were children playing on the beach…..

…which was actually a large sandpit installed by the County Buildings….

We visited the Camper Obscura-a project which has seen over 14, 000 people over 3 years sit inside a old camper van and view the surrounding area….

Feeling peckish we decided to explore The Kist-which means Treasure Chest.It was a fabulous mix of craft,arts,food and drink stalls where we bought delicious chilli jam from Galloway Chillies,vanilla fudge from Galloway Fudge Co,rapeseed oil from Stark Produce and admired the beautiful crafts at Handmade at Helens.

We also met Kim Ayres ,photographer to the stars…or in this case continuing his search for authors to photograph as literary characters…..not forgetting the enthusiastic Renita Boyle,the entertaining author and storyteller…..

On the way home and in need of a cuppa, we stopped at the Mill on the Fleet ,the visitor and exhibition centre at Gatehouse of Fleet.

A new exhibition entitled “Drawing a Voice’ was literally just starting.It’s a fantastic collaboration between 2 visual artists and a poet which covers different projects.It was lovely to catch up with Pamela Grace who does the most wonderful pen & ink drawings and paper batik.I also was fortunate to meet Jean Atkin who was there to read some of her wonderful poetry and Catriona Taylor -who works in mixed media.The exhibition runs from Sept 28th until Nov  2013.

There is also the most fantastic bookshop….Garvallan Books…(garvallanbooks@gmail.com).

Beatrice has decided she’d like to go back to Wigtown next Saturday when James Morton from the Great British Bake-Off is holding a bread-making class…..Well he was our favourite!

Bea enjoying the Festival…..

Here are the websites of aforementioned folk….




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