This is a guest post from Arundati Dandapani, who is halfway through an MLitt in Publishing Studies degree at University of Stirling. She has worked for television, magazine and advertising in Washington DC, New Delhi and Mumbai for four years, after graduating with a Bachelors degree in English from Ohio. Having published her first novel at 16, she is glad to be learning about the highs and lows of book publishing in the UK, and in Scotland. She blogs about books here, and you can connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Wigtown, I repeated.
The librarian hung up her hands in dismay.
I say Galloway, and it evokes a slow, bemused response.
Few have heard of Scotland’s national book town. Fewer know it is slouched in the Machars area of Galloway where River Cree Estuary meets the Solway firth, in the backdrop of the Galloway hills. Coastline, hills, the sea, and the ferry to Ireland, typical south western climate, all defining characteristics of the region.
But those who do know the area, will warn you, there is nothing to do in Wigtown, a town which you can walk around in twenty minutes flat! Not many know of Wigtown as a geographic location, least of all for what it’s most famous: Scotland’s largest boutique showcase of about 20 antiquarian bookshops, internet book warehouses, and studios dealing second hand books and older and new collections too, crossing all genres from film, music, Tartan noir and topography, world history, local mythology and combat aviation to name the very least.