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Wigtown Book Festival 2016 // Spring Fling 2017 Residency

Each year Spring Fling and Wigtown Book Festival team up to offer a a two-part residency. This year the first part will take place at Wigtown Book Festival 23 September – 2 October 2016 and the second part during Spring Fling 27 - 29 May 2017.

Illustrator and literature-lover Kate Timney has been selected as this year’s artist in residence and held a series of workshops during the book festival where the public were invited to create their own original prints – remembering or reinterpreting covers of books that have had an impact on them.


Kate has a particular interest in how reading a particular book at a pivotal moment can have a big effect on people’s lives.


She said: “Literature is a great love of mine and as an illustrator, I often create images in response to writing.


“I was drawn to this residency as it is a perfect opportunity to create work in response not only to literature itself, but also to the relationships that people have with books."


By inviting festival goers at Wigtown to make a print of a remembered or reimagined cover for a book with a particular resonance for them a collection of prints amassed celebrating much loved books.


The results of the residency will be exhibited during Spring Fling Open Studios 2017.


Text from Upland

All photos by Colin Tennant

Spring Fling '17


Work made in response to the Wigtown Book Festival 2016, displayed at Spring Fling 2017, alongside the book cover wall.

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