Thursday, November 14, 2019
The awards ceremony for the annual Wigtown Poetry Prize has celebrated the strength and vibrancy of poetry in all three of Scotland’s indigenous languages. Gaelic poetry was described as enjoying a renaissance and there was praise for the variety and quality of entries in Scots and English. This year, the £1,500...
Renita Boyle & Mike Abel's 'Strange Visitor'
As the nights draw in it’s traditional to gather round the fireside to hear scary stories and one Wigtown based storyteller has rewritten a story from a spooky old Scottish tale. Renita Boyle has been telling the story of the ‘Strange Visitor’ for some years but now the words have...
vikings wigtown book festival
Scotland’s National Book Town is gearing up for a friendly invasion of book lovers when the annual Wigtown Book Festival gets underway this week. Authors and authorities of every kind will be talking about a multitude of subjects including new evidence about the Viking Age Galloway Hoard – one of...
Wigtown Book Festival Farming Life
This year’s Wigtown Book Festival is set to celebrate This Farming Life– the perfect theme for an event based in a region famed for its agriculture.  Taking place from 27 September to 6 October the festival will offer more than 275 events for adults and children, including debates music, film, visual arts, theatre...
First Minister launches new app
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today joined Portobello High School students from S1-S3 to launch a new app, Bookzilla, at Portobello Library. Developed by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, and digital agency Dubit, Bookzilla is aimed at early secondary school students in Scotland....
A promise made to owners of one of Scotland’s rarest dog breeds has now been fulfilled by the voice behind one of the country’s most iconic annual events. Curly Tale Books - Online Shop Alasdair Hutton, known for his more than 28 years as the ‘voice’ behind the Royal Edinburgh Military...
Galloway Writer Alan McClure Set
Galloway writer Alan McClure is set to publish his first novel, Callum and the Mountain, through Beaten Track Publishing in August. The book gained some national attention when it was shortlisted for the 2016 Kelpies Prize, an annual prize for new Scottish children’s fiction run by Floris Books. Described...
Hazel Stevens Launches Childrens Book Wigtown
Join Hazel Stevens at Curly Tale Books, North Main Street, Wigtown on Saturday July 20th, 11.30 am, for the launch of her new children's book 'Poppy is Lost in the Garden.' This is the second book in the series about the adventures of a rag doll called Poppy and...
Curious Crew
There were as many questions as answers in Wigtown last Saturday (8 June), as the Book Town joined forces with the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in its 20th anniversary year to celebrate A Day of Curiosity, part of the ongoing Year of Conversation.   Organised by the School...
Stuart Paterson African Tour
Galloway writer Stuart A. Paterson has received a grant from The Galloway Association of Glasgow, which has enabled him to travel to South Africa on May 28th for one month to talk about his native Scots language & his poetry about the Dumfries & Galloway region. The Galloway Association of...