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Wigtown Festival Company

Pictured left to right: Amy Johnston Stewart, Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer, Cunninghame Housing Association

Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of CHA gave a cheque for £480 to Amy Johnston Stewart of Wigtown Festival Company.

Wigtown Festival Company is a charity run by a voluntary committee, based in Dumfries and Galloway. They aspire to make D&G a better place to be a reader/writer – a place where literature changes lives. Which is especially true for young people, where research proves that young readers become more successful in life. The charity run a year-round, region wide programme which includes, but not limited to – the annual Wigtown Book Festival. It takes place for 10 days each autumn; Big DoG Children’s Book Festival; tutoring for young people and adult writers. The annual Wigtown Poetry Prize and the Anne Brown Prize for Scotland are present.

The money by Cunninghame Housing Association is supporting the costs involved to hold the Big DoG Children’s Book Festival. The festival is taking place in Dumfries and Galloway from 31st March – 2nd April 2023. The programme includes Aardman Animations and Ellie Robinson (gold medal winning Paralympian). Allen Fatimaharan (World Book Day Illustrator 2023), Philip Ardagh and Ross Collins are authors who will be there. The festival is aimed at children aged 0-13 years and their families covering the whole of Dumfries & Galloway.

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

The Association are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile event, promoting reading and writing to young people and their families, encouraging them to read together at home, possibly write their own stories and most importantly being inclusive to everyone

Lesley Keenan, Chairperson of CHA

Find out more about “Making Our Communities Better Places” Fund by clicking the link below or downloading the form.


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