I have a slightly ambiguous relationship with the Wigtown Festival since we’ve moved up here – lovely as it is to have a nationally renowned book event in the region, the longer I live here the more it feels like London up North, not helped by the fact that the local writers’ events are shunted into ever more inventively hidden backwaters each year. Not, you know, that I’m bitter or anything. However all is forgiven this year, and not just because our writers’ group anthology launch was packed out (the delights of a small venue). Tucked away in one of the galleries around the town they were showing the delightful paper sculptures that an anonymous artist left secretly around various bookish places in Edinburgh last year. I remember the story of this going round the internet last year and thinking it a charming way of showing a real appreciation of places like libraries at a time when they need all the help they can get. As one of the little labels says, Libraries are Exp
eansive. And as this video shows, it made some librarians very happy indeed
I wouldn’t normally condone cutting up books but I think you’ll agree that in this case the results were worth it.
But don’t take my word for it: go and see for yourself