The annual Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland is to go online for 2020 version due to corona virus pandemic. It will take 10 days from September 24 to October 4 and will feature more than 80 guest authors including Alistair Campbell, Maggie O'Farrell, Andrew Marr and Alexander McCall Smith.
A lone piper will replace the usual party and fireworks at the start of this year's festival. Organisers said the piper was a 'symbol of resilience', marking the way in which all our lives have changed in 2020. The opening also features the premiere of a collaboration by Alexander McCall Smith and composer Tom Cunningham.
Their new song cycle celebrates St Ninian and other early Scottish saints. As well as talks from authors, the online audience can look foreward to The Bookshop Band running a daily chat show and daily videos bringing Wigtown's bookshops to life. To get more information about the programme, you can visit the festival website: www.wigtownbookfestival.com