The Wigtown Book festival is “A ten day literary celebration in Scotland’s National Book town.” Drawing authors and visitors from all over the country and abroad, Offering “more than 175 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.”
“Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland’s National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so second hand bookshops and annual literary festival. Founded 15 years ago, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK’s best-loved literary events. In 2007, Wigtown Book Festival became a charity. It is run by a small professional staff assisted by more than 100 volunteers.”
Just a few days ago I had the privilege of being part of the Wigtown’s book festivals craft event, in the extremely busy Kist marquee selling my hand made products, but my highlight of the week was teaching a workshop in fabric stencilling to some of the younger visitors of the festival. This group were aged between 11 and 17 years (actually we had a few adults too, as I can’t bear to see parents standing over their children looking longingly at what their children are doing, wishing they were children again, so I asked them to join the class. They didn’t need asking twice!!)
It started of quietly as I’d expected, as they watch some demonstration of the products I bought along with them to try, In a matter of minutes they were mixing different paints and mediums to create some fantastic designs and pictures to decorate note books with. It was with much regret that the class had to end, as the more they did the more they wanted to experiment. I happen to own a fantastic fabric cutting machine called a ‘slice fabrique’ which I discovered could also cut acetate and meant they could cut their own stencils, leading to more experimenting. Check out their work below….