Artists splash colour on Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown is famous for its annual book festival and this year's event is set to attract some top writers.

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Artists travel in style to Book Festival

The Trading Journeys arts event was a part of Wigtown Book Festival Credit: Colin Hattersley

An arts event has celebrated ancient trading routes of the historical port and market place of Wigtown as part of the Book Festival.

The celebration, on the 27th September, saw people travelling to the town by different methods of transport. Horses and carts, boats and cyclists made their way to the event for a parade and surprise performance in the evening.

Events included drumming workshops, spoon crafting and flag making.

"We became very aware that the festival’s organisation involved a lot of travelling to and from different places and how the journeys became part of the art experience.

Trading Journeys is a chance to celebrate Wigtown’s historical importance as a trading hub and pilgrim route. By bringing different people into town using diverse forms of transport, each separate element is fused into one musing.”

– Will Marshall, Stove artist and event curator
The event is part of the celebrations around Wigtown Book Festival and commemorates the royal burgh’s historical importance as a county town and trade route. Credit: Colin Hattersley
Artist Alice Francis with the 'standard' and horse-drawn cart, the centre pieces of the Credit: Colin Hattersley

The book festival that revived Wigtown

The Wigtown Book Festival is one of our region's great success stories, having boosted the area's local economy after a slump in the 1990s.

Now in its sixteenth year, the festival goes from strength to strength, as Gill Brown found out.

You can see more of Gill Brown's report on the Wigtown Book Festival in next week's Border Life. Viewers with Freeview can see it on ITV Border Scotland at 20:00 on Monday evening.

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What to expect from Wigtown Book Festival

If you're keen on books, Wigtown is the place to be for the next ten days.

The town's celebrated book festival is underway, and the Festival Manager says there are plenty of attractions at this year's event.

You can see more by watching Border Life, episode 29.

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