AL Kennedy, Jon Ronson and Ewan Morrison to appear at the Wigtown Book Festival

AL Kennedy, Jon Ronson and Ewan Morrison to appear at the Wigtown Book Festival

While the Edinburgh International Book Festival looms large over not just the Scottish scene, but the global festival arena, we should be very grateful that those in charge of literary gatherings across the country haven’t chosen to up sticks and do something else entirely in the face of such a universal phenomenon. For the Scottish cultural environment would be far poorer without the likes of the Wigtown Book Festival which does a wonderful job in cheering us up as the winter months threaten to close in.

This year, the organisers have secured yet another superb collection of names and events for both adults and children in this latest extravaganza in Scotland’s National Book Town. Among the all too-many adult highlights are AL Kennedy talking about her passion for Dr Who, Richard Holloway looking at the link between creativity and boredom, and Susannah Clapp discussing her friend Angela Carter, while there are also appearances from Jon Ronson, Douglas Hurd, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Alexander McCall Smith, Brooke Magnanti, James Kelman and Marina Warner. And yes, there will be the inevitable Fifty Shades of Grey debate with Ewan Morrison, Jennie Erdal and Stuart Kelly pondering the phenomenon.

Within the children’s programme are Sally Magnusson with Horace the Haggis, Anthony McGowan and the Bare Bum Gang, James Robertson with his Scots version of The Gruffalo, plus events about pharaohs, stilt-walking, the joy of flight and a Winnie the Pooh party.

Various venues, Wigtown, Fri 28 Sep--Sun 7 Oct.

Wigtown Book Festival

An established and celebrated feature in the Scottish literary calendar attracting many big names. For ten days Scotland’s National Book Town buzzes with book events as well as theatre, music and site-specific events in quirky venues. The 2020 event will now take place online and will feature two main themes: Resilience…

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