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Wigtown Book Festival | Online and In Venue Events

A ten day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town

Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland's National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival.

Take your pick from the many live subtitled events, available online and in-venue.

 


 

Will Buckingham - Hello, Stranger
Wed 22 Sep 2021, 7:00pm
In person & online event
 
Take a deep dive into our need to interact with strangers — as potential allies, companions, and friends.
 
 
Waheed Arian - In the Wars
Thu 23 Sep 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
How does a boy with nothing hope to become a doctor? Working through PTSD and anxiety, he studied all hours to achieve his vocation.
 
 

 

 
Polly Pullar - A Scurry of Squirrels
Thu 23 Sep 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
Festival favourite Polly Pullar has had a passion for red squirrels since childhood, she’ll share stories of her knowledge and experience.
 
 
Val McDermid - 1979
Fri 24 Sep 2021, 2:00pm
In person & online event
 
1979 takes place during the winter of discontent, when reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. 
 
     
Rory Cellan-Jones - Always On
Sat 25 Sep 2021, 12:00pm
In person & online event
 
This is an entertaining tour of the technology revolution, chronicling the rise and fall of tech empires.
 
 
Janey Godley - Frank Get the Door
Sat 25 Sep 2021, 2:00pm
In person & online event
 
Janey Godley's  gallus Glesga interpretations of the First Minister’s public briefings are now transcribed for this hilarious compilation.
 
     
Alexander McCall Smith - Bringing a Little Joy and Light to the World
Sat 25 Sep 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
The Pavilion in the Clouds is a mystery set in the mist-shrouded hills high above a tea plantation in Ceylon, in the twilight days of British Empire. 
 
 
Frank Gardner - Outbreak
Sun 26 Sep 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
Deep within the Arctic Circle, three scientists trudge through a blizzard in search of shelter. They see a cabin ahead but as they open the door, the smell hits them. 
 
     
AC Grayling - The Frontiers of Knowledge
Sun 26 Sep 2021, 10:00pm
In person & online event
 
Humanity has learnt a vast amount about the universe, but our remarkable successes in acquiring knowledge have mainly taught us how much we still have yet to learn. 
 
 
Adam Andrusier - Two Hitlers and a Marilyn
Mon 27 Sep 2021, 12:00pm
In person & online event
 
Adam Andrusier spent his childhood in pursuit of autographs. After writing to every famous person he could think of, he soon came face-to-face with the most famous people on the planet. 
 
     
Larissa MacFarquhar - Strangers Drowning
Mon 27 Sep 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment.
 
 
Gillian Tett - Anthro-Vision
Tue 28 Sep 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
Anthropologists have spent over a century immersing themselves in unfamiliar cultures to uncover the secrets that govern how humanity has developed.
 
     
Jill Hopper - The Mahogany Pod
Wed 29 Sep 2021, 2:00pm
In person & online event
 
What if you knew from the beginning how your relationship was going to end? 
 
 
Fiona Sampson - Two Way Mirror
Thu 30 Sep 2021, 12:00pm
In person & online event
 
A vividly written biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
 
     
Loyd Grossman - An Elephant in Rome
Thu 30 Sep 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
With the elephant as the starting point, this book teases out all the intertwined strands of history, power and art that make up the Baroque.
 
 
Chris Atkins - A Bit of a Stretch
Thu 30 Sep 2021, 8:00pm
In person & online event
 
Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.
 
     
Fred Pearce - A Trillion Trees
Thu 30 Sep 2021, 10:00pm
In person & online event
 
In his inspiring new book, Fred Pearce shows how we can reforest our planet by taking a step back and giving nature room to breathe.
 
 
Denise Mina - Rizzio
Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2:00pm
In person & online event
 
Award-winning author Denise Mina offers a radical new take on a crime so brutal no one wanted to talk about it for 200 hundred years.
 
     
Iain MacGregor and Helena Merriman - Cold War Stories
Fri 1 Oct 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
This event brings together two outstanding accounts of the mistrust, oppression and paranoia that gripped Berlin in the Cold War.
 
 
The StAnza Event - Don Paterson in conversation with Lucy Burnet
Fri 1 Oct 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
Don Paterson's latest poetry collection, Zonal, is an experiment in science-fictional and fantastic autobiography.
 
     
Henry Mance - How to Love Animals
Sat 2 Oct 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
We all love animals, but does that make their lives happier?
 
 
Wigtown Poetry Prize
Sat 2 Oct 2021, 6:00pm
In person & online event
 
Wigtown Poetry Prize celebrates wonderful writing from across the globe.
 
     
Emma Soames - Mary Churchill’s War
Sat 2 Oct 2021, 8:00pm
In person & online event
 
At the outbreak of World War II, Mary, then 17, found herself in an extraordinary position. Her father, Winston Churchill, would soon be Prime Minister.
 
 
Suzanne O’Sullivan - The Sleeping Beauties
Sat 2 Oct 2021, 10:00pm
In person & online event
 
This is a touching scientific investigation into psychosomatic illnesses — medical disorders that are as influenced by the idiosyncrasies of culture as by human biology.
 
     
Andrew Lownie - Traitor King
Sun 3 Oct 2021, 1:00pm
In person & online event
 
Nuanced and meticulously researched, Traitor King is an unflinching exploration of the dramatic and controversial lives of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson after his abdication.
 
 
Gavin Hastings - Legacy of the Lions
Sun 3 Oct 2021, 2:30pm
In person & online event
 
In Legacy of the Lions, former Lions captain Gavin Hastings draws on his own experiences in the famous red jersey and interviews other greats of the game.
 
     
Alan Johnson - The Late Train to Gipsy Hill
Sun 3 Oct 2021, 4:00pm
In person & online event
 
Former Home Secretary and bestselling memoirist reinvented as a debut novelist, with a fast-paced, warm-hearted story that begins with an unremarkable young man making his unremarkable London commute.
 
   
     

 

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