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About this project

Over the course of the 10 day Wigtown Book Festival 20016, I will be filling my sketchbook with watercolour drawings of events, people, places, ideas and the surroundings of Scotland's wonderful book town, in the glorious lowland countryside of Dumfries and Galloway. Wigtown is a very special place and the book festival is like no other.

Drawing in the writer's retreat
Drawing in the writer's retreat

What will I draw? I have no idea, but every day I'll be in events and cafés, sketching the writer's and performers in the green room, drawing the people and places on the streets and in the environs of the town. I'll also be bringing you video updates of my progress.

Go to the Facebook page to keep up https://www.facebook.com/wigtownsketchbook/

What I draw depends on what goes on. The themes for this year are Island Life, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Shakespeare and Roald Dahl, so that's what will most likely colour my thoughts and ideas.

I'll also be doing some storytelling and drawing sessions with the Wigtown Primary Schoolchildren as well as devising a new mural for the playground - I'm sure my work we do will filter into the sketchbook too.

I'll be making a finished book of about 100 pages in full colour as a souvenir of the project as well as a reminder and record of some of this year's festival moments and events.

As well as the book, there will be a special collector's edition of 60, in handmade slipcases, with a numbered certificate, bookmark and a signed A5 print from the sketchbook included. 30 of this edition are reserved for Cherished Supporters who will have their names, or names of someone they choose, in every copy of the book on the Cherished Supporter's page. Hurry - don't be disappointed - this would make a great Christmas present!

Once the festival is over, I will have to remove pages from the sketchbook for scanning, so pages of artwork will be available for sale. Go to the FaceBook page store by following this link http://bit.ly/BuyWigtownArtwork Artwork will be sent out at the same time as the books.

You can choose to simply support the project and follow it's progress or I can send you a "Greetings from Wigtown" postcard in thanks.

I hope you will enjoy following along with this project and if you happen to see me sketching at the Festival, don't hesitate to say hello!

The funding target is the minimum to make the project viable, so I have devised some great stretch goal rewards to tempt you to exceed the target. If the funding reaches £1000, then I will add a signed, limited edition A5 print from one of the sketches to all physical book reward levels.

If the funding reaches £1500, then I will add a Wigtown sketchbook fridge magnet to all physical book reward levels. At £20

Choose your level of reward in the list on the right hand side of the page now! Many thanks for reading this far and many thanks for your support.


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Risks and challenges

I began my career in printing and have loved making books all my life. I think I'm pretty expert in the software and process of book-making and printing today, so I don't see any insurmountable problems ahead.

This is my second year making the sketchbook and my third Kickstarter book, so I have solved most of the problems I'm likely to face and am well practiced at turning around the production in a timely fashion.

In all, God-willing and with your support, there shouldn't be too many problems with this project. I'll be sharing the process with you all the way, so you'll know what's happening at every stage.

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    You may support this project from only £1 and follow along via videos and updates. Please fill in the amount you choose and I will send you a virtual "Greetings From Wigtown" message of thanks via email.

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