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Wigtown Book Festival

From left to right: Andy Stewart, Producer (Children & Young People) at Wigtown Festival Company and Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of CHA

On Tuesday 1st March 2022 Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of CHA, gave a cheque for £470 to Andy Stewart. Andy is a Producer (Children & Young People), part of the Big DoG Book Festival for children within Dumfries.

The Wigtown Festival Company is a charitable group run by a voluntary committee. They aim to make Dumfries & Galloway a better place to be a reader and a writer. A place where literature changes lives, which is very true for young people. Studies show that young readers become more successful in life.

The organisation is running the 2022 Big DoG Children’s Festival in Dumfries & Galloway from 1 – 3rd April 2022. The programme will include authors such as Benjamin Zephaniah, David MacPhail, Nick Sharratt and Gill Arbuthnott. It is aimed at children aged 0-12 years and their families. Many activities are free, and the programme also has a story translated in English and Arabic. Sensory storytelling will be held for children with extra needs.

The funding for Wigtown Festival Company came from the Associations “Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund”. The fund runs throughout the year (1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022) until the shared funding is exhausted.

More information about Big DoG Children’s Festival can be found on their website. Click the links below to view their Facebook and website.

We are grateful to the Cunninghame Housing Association for their support towards this year’s Festival. Funding helps us give families the chance to meet the nation’s favourite authors, illustrators and storytellers right here in Dumfries. The funding from CHA lets us bring a speaker to the Festival as well as sponsoring the event.

ANDY STEWART, Producer (Children & Young People) of WFC

What a fantastic event for young children. It will prove to be a lot of fun as well as being a lifelong learning experience. It teaches them an primary skills to help them to communicate well with others.


You can find out more about the “Making Our Communities Better Places” fund by using the link below. You can also download the application form.


The “Making Our Communities Better Places” fund team are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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