Three little pigs go to Wigtown

As ever the Wigtown Book Festival’s programme is not limited to adults and the comprehensive Children’s programme is bringing some of Britain’s brightest authors for young readers throughout the 10 day festival.

Amongst those appearing over the first weekend are Renita Boyle with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, award-winning Debi Gliori with her latest character in The Scariest Thing of All and Maggi Gibson talking about her Seriously Sassy books and introducing her new series Best Friend Magic.

Young petrolheads will want to book to see Alan Bissett on Saturday, September 24 when he talks about the 10th anniversary re-issue of his classic novel, Boyracers.

In association with Spring Fling there will be a plethora of hands-on sessions such as hatmaking session with textile artist Jo Gallant, a Bonkers Bunting Workshop where the results can be added to the Festival’s decorations around the town and an explosive foray into the margins of science with scientific advisor to the BBC series Bang Does The Theory, Iain Johnston.

Allison Ouvry and the Pickle Players make a welcome return and the pupetters will be putting on two shows over the weekend - The Three Little Pigs on Saturday and a retelling of The Canterbury Tales on Sunday.

The 13th Wigtown Book Festival runs from 23 September to 2 October and features almost 200 events including appearances by David Vann, Tom Devine, Sarah Hall, Allan Massie, Janice Galloway, Anne Sebba, Stella Tillyard, Lewis Wolpert, Roger Moorhouse and Julian Baggini. To book tickets, please phone the box-office on 01988 403222.