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Depth and breadth

Dumfries & Galloway has inspired so many writers. Not least, Dorothy L Sayers who set and wrote “Five Red Herring” in Kirkcudbright. For all of us who refuse to grow up, Dumfries should have a special place in our hearts. It was the home of JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, Wendy and Captain Hook. The literary procession marches across the region: William Nicholson, from Borgue, creator of the Brownie of Blednoch; Alexander Anderson from Kirkconnel who built railways and wrote the ever-popular “Cuddle Doon”, and in Langholm, home of one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, Hugh MacDiarmid, you can visit Jake Harvey’s memorial on the windy hill outside the town and see a great poet’s mind silhouetted against the sky and land.

A lively literary scene and bright future

The contemporary literary scene is no less inspired. Many of Scotland’s foremost writers inhabit the towns and villages of Dumfries & Galloway, and centres dedicated to the word or theatre abound. The Catstrand in the Glenkens and The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet hold regular readings to capacity audiences. The Swallow Theatre, near Whithorn, performs everything from Beckett to panto. Why not go along to hear some poetry and song? Of course, there’s the book festival at Wigtown, and if you want a read, try Dumfries & Galloway’s arts magazine with a UK-wide status, Markings which is busy discovering the literary stars of tomorrow. For something more general, the glossy Dumfries & Galloway Life offers topical articles by local writers.

  • Beltie Books and Cafe

    It is now Autumn, so we are reducing hours a little.  Closed Sundays, Mondays &  Tuesdays.  Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

    Come and visit BELTIE BOOKS & Café

    Books.  Coffee, tea,
    chocolate.  Cake.  Snacks.  Art.   What more could you want?

    Location, opening, contact: click here

  • Wigtown Festival Company

    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

    Wigtown Festival Company runs the annual Wigtown Book Festival every autumn in Scotland’s National Book Town. The 10 day festival features author talks, music, visual arts, film, and performances for the whole family. There are over 250 events and activities with dedicated children’s and young people’s programmes.

    As well as the main festival we run other activities across Dumfries & Galloway throughout the year. These include workshops in schools, creative writing weeks, lecture weekends and events run with other organisations e.g Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, The Stove, D&G Arts Festival and Upland.

    Look out for the 2017 Wigtown Book Festival programme being announced very soon on our web site.

  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm

    Discover Robert Burns’ family home “His Domicile for Humility and Contentment”, built for him in 1788 and where many of his greatest works were inspired. Tam o’ Shanter, Auld Lang Syne and Ae Fond Kiss were all penned within its walls.

    Enjoy the audio visual story of the three and a half  years that the Burns family spent at Ellisland, explore the story of the Burns family and wander the bonnie banks of the Nith that inspired Scotia’s national Bard.

  • Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan

    Peter Pan stands on a tree stump and looks out across a green enchanted land

    Moat Brae is the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

    New Family Attraction set in the ‘enchanted land’ that inspired the story of Peter Pan.

    Discover a world of children’s stories in the enchanted land that inspired the story of Peter Pan. Author JM Barrie played pirate games as a child in the 1870s. Featuring: Neverland Discovery Garden, Exhibitions, Darling Children’s Nursery, Home Under the Ground, Nana’s Kennel, Pirate Ship, Mermaids Lagoon, Play Features, Centre For Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Restored Georgian House, Heritage Tours, Riverside Views, Events, Activities, Café, Shop.

    Opening to the public February 2019, with exclusive and preview events from December 2018.


  • Solway Books

    The Solway Books shop is located in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland, known as the Artist’s town and home of many talented artists past and present. (more…)

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