It contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along twisting corridors and roaring fires, set in a beautiful rural town by the edge of the sea. Alongside the books being discussed in our new programme of digital events, look. The bookshop 17 north main street wigtown dg8 9hl tel. I could see myself behind the counter reading a book, fox said. There is a wide range of topics and some real gems in terms. The bookshop is the largest secondhand bookshop in scotland, with over a mile of shelving supporting roughly 100,000 books. Our stock is mainly academic, about 60% of it is exlibrary.
Wigtown is the home of the annual wigtown book festival and the town has a wide range of independent bookshops. It contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along. Baile na huige is a town and former royal burgh in wigtownshire, of which it is the county town, within the dumfries and galloway region in scotland. The wigtown book festival is an annual event that takes place over 10 days each autumn last year it started on 22nd september. In wigtown, scotland, you can spend holidays as a bookshop owner. Unique airbnb is a book lovers dream come true cbs news. We are always interested in buying nonfiction and have the resources to deal with large quantities. Wellread books of wigtown second hand bookshop in wigtown hello, im ruth anderson, qc, and i own and manage wellread books. There is a wide range of topics and some real gems in terms of rarity and quality. For the bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers, adventure seekers, we are the first ever bookshop holiday read more. Whats the best time to visit wigtown and live a happy life of a bookshop owner. For anyone curious about the life of a bookshop owner, the open book in wigtown.
In 1998, wigtown was officially selected as scotlands national book town. I decide to take georges advice and head over to the bookshop to say hello. View all restaurants near the book shop on tripadvisor. Wigtown book town wigtown was officially designated as scotlands national book town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book related businesses. Scotlands national book town, a royal burgh of 1,000 residents and 12 bookshops beside the sea in galloway. The bookshop band live from wigtown fridays during lockdown 8. Formerly the grapes bar, were the latest bookshop to open in wigtown, scotlands national book town.
Glaisnock cafe is a book themed cafe situated in the centre of wigtown, scotlands national book town. We are an internet business based in south west scotland, 100 yards from bladnoch distillery and 1 mile south of wigtown. The bookshop band will be joining us at the open book from 1225 january. Join us every wednesday for live and exclusive online literary events. To help make the wigtown book festival more sustainable, wigtown festival company opened a new bookshop in january 2017 and runs its own festival bookshop during the annual 10day event each autumn. Tripadvisor llc is not responsible for content on external web sites. If anyone out there is interested, i have just catalogued book number 260 the urquhart censuses of portpatrick 18321853 looks like a rivetting read.
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the dates you. Today most visitors are drawn by its many book shops and annual book festival. Very sad to report than john carter, who founded the bookshop and became a good friend, died on 5th october. Mar 04, 2016 in 1998, wigtown was officially selected as scotlands national book town. At the wigtown emporium, we sell an intriguing and always changing variety of vintage and retro curiosities, including unusual gifts, jewelry, lights, cameras and clocks, art, and of course, books. I have a small, wide variety of books which includes fiction, history and art.
For the bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers, adventure seekers, we are the first ever bookshop holiday experience. Billettes baubles eco alternatives recommended for you. Wigtown was once the chief town of galloway with considerable strategic and commercial importance. It is well known today as scotlands national book town with a high concentration of secondhand book shops. Specializing in womens studies and social sciences, the readinglasses bookshop cafe was the first used book business to arrive in wigtown after it was declared a book town. This unique vacation rental in wigtown scotlands national book town lets guests run their own bookstore by the sea. We started selling books when we used to run a pub in england back in 1988, said anne. The open book s success has put wigtown firmly on the map, with book lovers trekking to this coastal corner of scotland from across the globe.
Web books is run by jim and anne vogler who used to run a pub and have now embraced bookselling and called wigtown their home since 2001. The bookshop band write songs inspired by books, and have been playing them in bookshops, literary festivals and libraries all over the uk and into europe. Sep 08, 2014 wigtown offers bookselling residencies. The bookshop residencys aim is to celebrate bookshops, encourage education in running independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to scotlands national book. The company was incorporated as a private limited company in october 1992 with founding director darryl mattocks. The internet bookshop was a british online bookseller based in oxford, started in 1994 by darryl mattocks.
It lies east of stranraer and south of newton stewart. Readinglasses bookshop cafe coffee, cake and feminist theory. Now owned by shaun bythell, it is scotlands largest secondhand bookshop with around 80,000 books on its shelves. Join and you could receive the best surprise of your life. What its like to run a bookshop in scotlands national book town monday, 10 february, 2020 back in 2016 before david had finished his masters program, before wed moved to prague, before strong sense of place was even a whisper of an idea we learned about a bookshop in scotland where we could be the booksellers.
The bookshop band returns to wigtown wigtown book festival. We packed down from a beth porter and the availables gig at bournemouth folk club on sunday night and were pleased to find out we were. The shop the oldest bookshop in wigtown, scotlands national booktown and our range of stock includes all subjects. Its a busy event so book ahead if you plan on attending. As our warehouse is operating social distancing, no physical website orders are being. The open book is a bookshop and above a selfcatering flat in the heart of wigtown, scotlands national book town. The bookshop in wigtown covers the sugarhill gangs song, rappers delight. How i made a dream come true life and style the guardian. The bookshop, wigtown scotlands largest secondhand book shop. A book lovers haven and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new it is impossible to escape emptyhanded. The association of wigtown booksellers has its own website, where you can find full. Welcome to the bookshop band, our newest residents at the open book day one at the open book the night time drive. We got in touch with ben to ask about their plans while theyre here. Our adored and revered bookshop here in tiny tasmania close to antarctica so we also have a cool climateis cracked and spineless, which is a smaller version of your obviously esteemed establishment and it was there that richard placed your book in my eyeline to lure me in.
We have books on all subjects and regularly refresh our stock. The bookshop covers a lot of floor space and you could spend an afternoon happily browsing the vast selection of secondhand books. Wigtown based musicians the bookshop band are performing weekly concerts at 8. The book shop wigtown 2020 all you need to know before. Additionally, you can search our stock from abebooks using the search function. During the festival the town gets as many as 10,000 visitors, but today, as my rental car.
Browse, buy, blether about books in the towns newest book shop. The open book offers a bookshop holiday experience through airbnb and is currently booked until summer 2021. We stock a wide range of new books, including some signed copies from. Best of all, wigtown offers a literary experience unlike any other im aware of. Inside a stonefaced georgian townhouse on the wigtown highroad, jammed with more than 100,000 books and one portly shop cat, shaun manages the daily ups and downs of running scotlands largest used bookshop with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. Situated seven miles south of newton stewart, wigtown is well placed for exploring the machars peninsula. We are an internet business based in south west scotland. How to sew a reusable face mask quick and easy tutorial with billettes baubles duration. We are one of only a few independent bookshops who stock directly from persephone books in bloomsbury, a publishing house specialising in reprinting neglected fiction and nonfiction by midtwentieth century women writers. Having visited leakeys in inverness, it only seemed fitting to visit the book shop in wigtown next.
For the bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers, adventure seekers, we are the first ever bookshop holiday mes informacio. Ive been visiting dumfries and galloway for many years to see my friend, and knew wigtown was a place for books, but hadnt really had. Sep, 2017 shaun bythell lives in wigtown, scotland, where he runs the bookshop the largest secondhand bookshop in scotland. Go behind the scenes at the bookshop in wigtown, scotland with owner and author shaun bythell. The quaint scottish airbnb bookshop holidaymakers pay to. In town there is a good used bookstore called the open book, with an apartment up above, thats rentable by the. In wigtown, scotland, you can spend holidays as a bookshop.
Among many achievements, john was an instrumental part of the team which secured wigtown s status as scotlands national book town. Readinglasses is the only womens bookshop in britain and our front room is dedicated to books by and about women. Captain celebrating world book day by ignoring me and biting his paw. Scotlands national book town, a royal burgh of 1,000 residents and 12 bookshops beside the. The bookshop used to be the only bookshop in town before book town status changed everything. A charming and quirky bookshop which extends into every conceivable book and cranny of the ground floor and staircase of its wigtown home. Wellread books is a second hand bookshop in wigtown owned and managed by ruth anderson, qc. Currently, with just 1,000 inhabitants, the town has ten bookshops, offering well over 250,000 books a heaven for book lovers. In august 2018 i bought the building at agnew crescent which formerly housed the grapes bar and set about converting it into the latest bookshop to open in wigtown, scotlands national book town. The bookshop scotlands largest secondhand bookshop with over a mile of shelving supporting over 65000 books. Come visit and explore the bookshops, ancient history, vibrant culture, distilleries, pristine beaches and more. Nine well organised rooms, all full of books resting on nearly a mile of shelving. It is a great example of a historic scottish town that has reinvented and regenerated itself in the face of an economic downturn. Shaun bythell lives in wigtown, scotland, where he runs the.1150 1545 1553 72 1486 1283 298 568 1138 951 243 277 1576 386 203 99 1298 879 828 221 41 40 1088 241 124 1386 970 989 411 134