Book Week Sponsors

Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023 was backed by a number of sponsors, to whom we are very grateful. If you or your organisation wishes to be a sponsor, you can contact John Dean at deangriss@btinternet.com or by ringing 07889 554931.

Sponsors include:

Kirkcudbright Book Week is being supported by The Galloway Glens Scheme, a suite of projects being undertaken up and down the Ken/Dee Valley, connecting people to their heritage,  driving economic activity and supporting sustainable communities. The Scheme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is supported by a range of partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council, Drax – the owners of the Galloway  Hydro Scheme, and the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.  

The Galloway Glens Scheme is a five year, £5million pound, programme of work, supporting a range of projects up and down the Ken/Dee valley, from Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas  in the South to Carsphairn and the core of the Galloway Hills in the North. Projects vary from refurbishment of buildings and visitor centres, through to education and training activities, all seeking to ‘connect people to their heritage’, while also driving  economic activity and supporting sustainable communities. The Galloway Glens Scheme runs from 2018 to 2023 and is overseen by a Partnership Board made up of a variety of local and national stakeholders. Funding is primarily from the National Lottery heritage  Fund, with support from a range of partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. For more information, please see www.gallowayglens.org or contact Galloway Glens Team Leader, McNabb Laurie on 07825 721659 or mcnabb.laurie@dumgal.gov.uk

The Holywood Trust and the Galloway Association of Glasgow

An exciting project has been launched to help teenage students at a Kirkcudbright school to develop their creative writing skills through working with a well-known author with an international reputation. The senior students, who attend Kirkcudbright Academy, will work with poet and writer Hugh McMillan to produce an anthology to be launched during Kirkcudbright Book Week, which happens between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, 2023.

The Kirkcudbright Book Week Society, which co-ordinates the event, secured funding from the Holywood Trust and the Galloway Association of Glasgow to allow it to recruit Hugh to work on the project. Both organisations support educational opportunities for young people.

The Holywood Trust is a charitable organisation, which aims to help young people aged 15–25 years old across Dumfries and Galloway through grant-giving to individuals and organisations, creating opportunities for young people in the region.

The Galloway Association of Glasgow is delighted to support the workshops for young people as part of Kirkcudbright Book Week, which will introduce them to the poetry and poets of Galloway. The Association welcomes applications for financial support from young Gallovidians to help them develop their skills in the arts and sports. More information is available at http://www.gallowayassoc.org.uk

Dumfries and Galloway organisations are celebrating National Lottery Community funding for activities that will bring people together both at the Festive period and all year round, including Kirkcudbright Book Week Society, which receives £695 to promote and publicise Kirkcudbright Book Week which will run between Monday February 27th and Saturday March 4th 2023.

Community fund awards grant to Kirkcudbright Book Week

Kirkcudbright Book Week 2023 has been awarded a grant of £1,350 by the Robin Rigg Community Fund to support the event’s varied programme of performances by authors.

The annual week, which will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, celebrates the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright and the wider Dumfries and Galloway area and will feature both professional and aspiring authors.

The fifteen events to be staged at venues in Kirkcudbright will include free and paid-for poetry and prose performances by more than twenty writers as well as film, song and music.

Kirkcudbright Book Week has been organised by  Kirkcudbright Book Week Society, which is supported by a number of organisations, sponsors and venues.

They include the Robin Rigg Community Fund, which is administered by the Solway Firth Partnership. Funding is provided by RWE, the operator of the Robin Rigg wind farm, with the aim of benefitting the communities local to the wind farm.

Clair McFarlan, Partnership Manager at the Solway Firth Partnership, said: “The Robin Rigg Community Fund is pleased to be supporting this year’s programme of events at Kirkcudbright Book Week. The events look really interesting, and I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this celebration of literary talent.” 

Book Week Society Chair Chris Walker, from the Selkirk Arms, said: “We are looking forward to Book Week and very much appreciate the support we have received from a range of organisations. The programme is a superb line up of local and national talent. There really is something for everyone.”

Selkirk Arms Hotel

The Selkirk Arms are delighted to be a sponsor for Kirkcudbright Book Week. They are passionate advocates for Kirkcudbright and Dumfries and Galloway. Let the book week journey begin, wishing it every success now and in future years to come. 


The Kirkcudbright Gallerieshttp://www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk


Station House Cookery School

Station House Cookery School is a unique experience in Dumfries and Galloway and is South West Scotland’s only independently accredited cookery school.

Developed in the beautiful train station buildings in the picturesque fishing town of Kirkcudbright, Nick offers a wide range of cookery classes for all ages and tastes delivered by passionate and knowledgeable tutors.  There’s a great focus on supporting local producers and all ingredients are sourced as ethically as possible. 

From just £20 you can join in with a cookery demonstration of your choice.  In the comfort of the Station House Demonstration Room you watch as an array of delicious dishes are cooked right in front of you.  You have the chance to ask questions and interact with the tutors.  All factsheets, recipes and delicious tasters are included. 

Or you can choose either a half day or full day cookery class which involves firstly the demonstration where you can see all the recipes cooked before you in the bespoke demonstration room.   Then you move into the student kitchens where you have your own workstation, hob and oven to cook the recipes yourselves under the expert guidance of your tutor. 

All recipes, utensils and ingredients are supplied.   Once you have cooked the dishes you sit down for a delicious lunch with your fellow students.


Kirkcudbright Library 

Broughton House


Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium – Kirkcudbright Dark Space Ltd is an educational charity based at The Johnston in Kirkcudbright. Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium was developed to build on the region’s dark sky accolade by providing a complementary visitor attraction that can be visited come rain or shine. 

The charity’s purpose is to advance the education of the general public, and in particular the residents of South West Scotland, by promoting awareness and understanding of science, technology and space exploration. It aims to do this in a way which is interactive, inclusive, and fun, focusing on spreading the message that science is for everyone. https://www.darkspaceplanetarium.org

Stewartry Literary Society

It is with great pleasure The Stewartry Literary Society (TSLS) is partnering with Kirkcudbright Book Week by sponsoring “An Evening with Laurence Bristow Smith” celebrating books and music. Working collaboratively, we believe we can offer a high quality,diverse and entertaining literary offer through the winter months and for communities within and without the town.

The Garret Hotel


Feast Cafe 32 St Cuthbert Street

The Holywood Trust

The Galloway Association of Glasgow

The Book Folks

One of the UK’s leading independent publishers, the Book Folks specialises in crime fiction, mysteries and thrillers, although they dabble in other genres, too.  They are proud to publish three authors who live close to Kirkcudbright – John Dean, Pete Brassett and Ian Robinson – and three others based in Scotland – Robert McNeill, Traude Ailinger and James Andrew. From fireside cozy to urban noir, the company’s growing list of books has something for everyone, whether budding amateur sleuths, traditional murder mystery connoisseurs, or veteran armchair crime-fighters. When you pick up one of their books, you enter a world you don’t want to leave.  www.thebookfolks.com

Book Bongo

A powerful online platform providing publicity services to authors and publishers, getting their books in front of readers with daily deals and steals on social media and a weekly newsletter. Its suite of marketing packages ranges from completely free promotions for great books to high quality video trailers that are sure to get authors’ hard work noticed by the reading public. Basic packages cost as little as a pint in London, or two up north, and all give books a permanent presence on the web. Fast growing and dynamic,  they do the marketing legwork for authors so they can concentrate on what they do best: writing www.bookbongo.com

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