Night cycling, Joanna Lumley and food foraging among the highlights of Wigtown 2013

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  • 18 September 2013
Night cycling, Joanna Lumley and food foraging among the highlights of Wigtown 2013

The book festival also welcomes Fred MacAulay, Peter Snow, Simon Garfield and Sara Maitland

Refreshingly, this year's expansive Wigtown Book Festival is not just about the traditional book festival events format. You know the game: author talks to chairperson about their book, with time at the end for questions (and for one audience member to bang on about why their own brilliant novel hasn't been bought yet).

That sort of structure can work brilliantly with a charming, witty and indiscreet author, but there's no harm in variety. Highlights of Wigtown's imaginative programming this year include foraging on the Galloway saltmarsh, night cycling, campfire cooking with the Guyrope Gourmet, and Camper Obscura: a camera obscura in a camper van.

Traditional book events with a variety of new and established authors (Simon Garfield, Sara Maitland, Mark Lawson, James Meek) are available too, of course, and there's a strand of movie-related events beginning with a mythical walk in the footsteps of The Wicker Man, a drive-in screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's and short film showings at Not the Wigtown Film Festival.

Those wanting to check off big names should book early for Joanna Lumley, Fred MacAulay, the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and Peter Snow, as well as a chance for radio stardom as Brian Taylor's Big Debate comes to town. If it's all too much choice, the Random Book Club Live events can make the decision for you. They're intimate, bitesize 20-minute audiences with surprise authors and, hello, there's a hot tub. Whatever you do, don't drop your Kindle.

Various venues, Wigtown, Fri 27 Sep–Sun 6 Oct.

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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…

Various venues: Dumfries & Galloway

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…and 7 more dates until 2 Oct