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Thousands expected at Wigtown Book Festival

The festival runs until Sunday 1 October Photo: ITV Border

This year's Wigtown Book Festival is underway, and organisers are hoping it will be the biggest yet.

The festival was founded in 1999. Since then it's brought thousands of authors, and millions of pounds, to the local area.

Around twenty thousand people are expected at this year's festival.

They'll hear from more than 250 writers, including Judy Murray.

The numbers are bigger than ever before, and that means a bigger boost for local businesses.

Shaun Bythell runs one of Wigtown's many bookshops:

The festival is fantastic. The 10 days of the festival, and particularly the two weekends, our turnover is probably is probably between five and 10 times what we'd normally expect at this time of year."

– Shaun Bythell, *ttvmoscg [A] @18" to 33" Name Strap Shaun Bythell Author and bookshop owner

The Artistic Director of Wigtown Book Festival said:

I mean it brings more than two million pounds a year into the local economy, and you can see during the week you know the restaurants are full around here.

The hotels are increasingly full and actually spreading out around the region so it's not just an effect that 's delivered in Wigtown itself, we have hotels in Dumfries saying that they see a huge rise in booking at this time of year and that's growing each year."

– Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director, Wigtown Book Festival

The festival runs until Sunday 1 October.