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WagTongues is a pop-up bookshop which appears without warning in obscure corners of Dumfries and Galloway. Run by the Writers’ Collective, it sells precious things – local books by local people…

We run a programme of events whilst we’re open, so there’s the opportunity to meet authors, listen to readings, hear interviews and attend mini-workshops as well as browse through and buy wonderful books. We take books from any writer or publisher in the region – if you’d like to join us, simply email wagtongues@aol.com

2017 is here, and we’re delighted to say that our Spring season is well underway. Our next event will be a two-day extravaganza at one of our favourite venues in Castle Douglas.  On Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June we’ll be popping up at John Low’s former newsagents in King Street.  Books, workshops and readings! See you there…

Previously, we were part of The Big Lit Festival at Gatehouse of Fleet, a four-day festival of writing and words, appearing at the Mill on the Fleet on Saturday 22 April. Some pictures of the day here.

In March we popped-up at the CatStrand as part of the Ken Words Festival.

WagTongues last pop-up for 2016 was at the Wigtown Book Festival, on Saturday 1 October. Our previous appearance was as guests of the SOLLA Writing Group at the Richard Greenhow Centre in Gretna on Saturday, 27 AugustHuge thanks to all the members of SOLLA, who were wonderful hosts. Earlier in the year we appeared at Castle Douglas as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.  Once again we camped out at the former newsagents John Low’s in Castle Douglas on Friday, 27 May and Saturday, 28 May.

Our 2016 Spring season started at the wonderful BigLit Festival in Gatehouse of Fleet, where we popped-up in the Mill on the Fleet on Saturday, 16 April.

In 2015 we joined with The Stove  to create a 3-day Light extravaganza in Dumfries to coincide with the Christmas Lights Switch-On. Full details here: Friday, Saturday, Monday.

Our previous appearance was at the Wigtown Book Festival on Monday, 28 September. We popped-up in The Living Room for a great day of readings, book browsing and our best single day sales figures to date. Some highlights here.

Before that, we were at the Richard Greenhow Centre in Gretna on Saturday, 20th June.  A great day as guests of the SOLLA Creative Writing Group, you can see some highlights here.

Or first appearance this year was as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, with a 2-day Pop-Up on 22 and 23 May in Castle Douglas at the atmospheric John Low’s in King Street. See some highlights here.

In 2014 we were part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in May, joined in at the very first Carlisle Borderlines Literary Festival, pirated our way into The Nithraid and were once again at the Wigtown Book Festival.  At these events we’ve also trialled a new literary venture – The Poet is In – applying the alchemy of poetry to the lives of visitors to our shop. We celebrated Christmas with a special week in the wonderful Zitan in Thornhill.

Our history is a noble one. We appeared twice in 2013 – at the Wigtown Book Festival in October, and at The Stove during Scotland’s Book Week in November.

Books on sale at Wigtown

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