Book Week Crowdfunding page created

As part of Kirkcudbright Book Week Society’s efforts to raise funds to underwrite some of the costs of the event in 2023, it has set up a Crowdfunding page for anyone who wishes to support it.

Treasurer John Dean said: “We raise all our own funds and we know that many people are keen to support us in our work. Crowdfunder is an excellent way to do it and will not only help us defray some of the costs of staging the event but allow us to develop the idea for future years.”

Kirkcudbright Book Week, which is making a welcome return after twice being cancelled due to the covid outbreak, will take place between Monday February 27 and Saturday March 4, 2023, and is designed to celebrate the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright and the wider Dumfries and Galloway area.

It will feature performances by both professional authors and local writing groups at  venues in Kirkcudbright and will include poetry and prose as well as film, song and music. The programme will be unveiled later in 2022.

Aims include:

For the authors - A chance to develop new audiences and showcase new books and projects, particularly as live performance continues to recover after pandemic.

For community writing groups - the chance to experience live performance, in some cases for the first time

For audiences - The chance to enjoy live performance, be exposed to new voices and to meet the writers.

For the society - The opportunity to build on the work done in the first book week by developing an annual event which earns its place on the Scottish festivals calendar.

For the town - The creation of a ‘buzz’  during the week and an optimistic sign that the town’s cultural scene is emerging from dark pandemic times when performances were strictly limited. Also, the attraction of visitors from outside the area to attend events, alongside local people. Book Week is seen as part of efforts to raise the profile of the area. The first book week in 2020 featured a dozen events which attracted 250-plus audience members and saw £2,374 spent on everything from meals and hotel bookings to tickets to book sales. 

The money raised via Crowdfunding will enable the Society to underwrite some of its costs and the Crowdfunding page can be found at

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Kirkcudbright-book-week

More information on Book Week is available www.kirkcudbrightbookweek.org and on Facebook.

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