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Wigtown Book Festival hires hermit-in-residence


Whoever is doing the marketing for this year’s Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland should get a raise (although I imagine the actual bright spark is doing it for free).

This wonderful festival has hired a hermit-in-residence for the duration of the 10-day event. The hermit even has a great name, Robert Twigger – Twiggy to his friends. The Independent carries this story.

He will set up home in a purpose-built grotto, constructed from reclaimed timber, found on Wigtown beach, in the garden of Wigtown’s largest bookshop, with a hose to the nearest standpipe in order for him to take a shower.

You can throw a rock and hit a writer-in-residence these days (you even find them at airports) so this is a lovely idea. The Wigtown Book Festival goes from 23 September to 2 October, and Wigtown, if you don’t know, is Scotland ‘Book Town.’

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Richard Davies

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