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Wigtown book festival brings in £3million

The book festival has experienced continuous growth since 2013 Photo: Colin Hattersley

This year's Wigtown Book Festival is said to be the most successful ever, bringing in almost £3million for the Scottish economy.

The event ran for 10 days from Friday 22 September to Sunday 1 October.

Highlights included appearances by Judy Murray, Paul Laverty and Iain Sinclair.

The festival also saw the launch of the Diary of a Bookseller, by Shaun Bythell, who runs The Bookshop in Wigtown.

Visitors are said to bring a substantial boost for shops, hotels, restaurants, and other local businesses.

The Artistic Director of the festival said:

The festival has been a tremendous success, with visitors coming from across Scotland. They have been able to hear superb speakers and take part in activities and events of all kinds.

To have attracted audiences of this size for a festival in one of the most rural parts of Scotland speaks volumes about the quality of the event and the love people have for literature of every kind.

The festival brings lots of other benefits too – encouraging people to come to a beautiful but lesser-known area of the country and as a source of income for the local businesses at what might otherwise be a quiet time of year.”

– Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director, Wigtown Book Festival

The book festival has experienced continuous growth since 2013.

The estimation of £3million is based on the event’s growth in ticket sales and evidence that visitors are spending more time in the area.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said:

It is the cultural excellence and vitality of the book festival that each year encourages so many people to travel to Wigtown.

The visitor numbers for the festival are fantastic this year, and testimony to the very hard work of the Festival Company, the bookshop owners and all the festival volunteers.

The economic value of the event is incredibly important to the area and a compelling reason for the Council’s financial support.”

– Councillor Adam Wilson, Events Champion, Dumfries and Galloway Council