Living in Stirling for four years made me miss city life. Is Stirling not a city, I hear you say. Well, yes it is but the fact that it does not have a 24 hour supermarket makes me dismiss its city status. Where I am from I am used to 24 hour supermarkets, taxi’s at any time and being able to get Chinese food at 3am.
I am comfortable in the luxuries of city life but when you step outside the bubble of city life you may find a whole other level of comfortable living.
For the next ten days I am going to be one of two journalism intern’s at the Wigtown Book festival.
Yesterday I arrived in Wigtown at 10.30am after travelling from 6.20am – I find this rather impressive considering I am not a morning person. From then onwards myself and everyone else (the wonderful events interns who have been here a week more so than me) have been working to get the festival set up for beginning tomorrow. Right now Wigtown feels a bit like the calm before the storm. I have been embracing the quietness of country life but I know this will change come tomorrow
First impressions of the town are that it is quaint and has a certain charm that a lot of places do not have nowadays. It is Scotland’s National Book Town and as expected such a title the streets are lined with equally as charming book shops.
Tomorrow the festival officially begins and there is plenty on the agenda. Every time I flip through the festival program I find something new and fascinating that’s on – you too?
The first event I am going to is Jen Campbell talking about her book Weird Thing’s Customers Say in Bookshops at 4pm. I read the book yesterday and found it utterly hilarious. An example from the book is – a customer asking if they stock the book ‘Lionel Richie and The Wardrobe’. I will be chatting Jen beforehand too about the book and challenges bookshops face in the economic downturn; so I will report back on this tomorrow night.
Tonight I am going to launch of Wigtown The Festival which is a book festival for young people by young people specifically for ages 14 – 25 and a growing part of The Wigtown Book Festival. You can find the schedule for all events on the groups Facebook page.