Wigtown Book Festival Calls Out For Volunteers

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Join the Wigtown Book Festival volunteers and you can be right at the heart of the fun

Wigtown Book Festival is appealing for volunteers to play a key role in one of the UK’s best loved literary events.

Each year, more than 100 people generously give their time to help with a variety of tasks, be it by delivering brochures, working in the box office, decorating venues, being a steward at events, driving authors, selling books in the Festival Shop and helping with parking.

The list goes on! Volunteers are vital in making the Festival run smoothly.

The Festival is a 10-day literary celebration in Scotland’s National Book Town and runs this year from 23 September until 2 October.

Nicki Chadwick, Wigtown Book Festival Volunteer Coordinator, said: “Our volunteers are the beating heart of the festival and it would simply not be possible without them.
“Volunteering at the festival, be it for a couple of hours or many more, is a perfect way for people to get involved in their local community.
“It’s a chance to meet lots of new people, pick up new skills and have loads of fun along the way.”

Training is provided and there’ll be plenty of support.

As ever there will be activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.

After last year’s success of The Gardens, that space is once again being used for the big screen, picnic seating and other free activities.

Selected live audience events will also be streamed from Wigtown to audiences around the world.

Volunteers are one of the reasons that the festival has won the Arts & Business (Scotland) Community Award, a ScottishPower Foundation Award for Community Engagement, Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2018 Cultural Event of the Year, Thistle Award for tourism, the Arts & Business (Scotland) Community Award and a Creative Places Award.