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INNOVATELITERATURE | 28 September 2017

Time: 1630 – 1800

Location: Wigtown Book Festival, McNeillie Tent


INNOVATETHENATION is a VisitScotland initiative that brings together experts, influencers and the next generation of pioneers and innovators in a series of engaging talks throughout the country.

INNOVATELITERATURE on the 28th September engages with different elements of Scotland’s literature sector to look at the innovative and creative ways that the industry is evolving in an increasingly digital age. Authors are continuing to produce powerful and compelling work –work which attracts growing audiences, both nationally and internationally, to visit inspirational locations, and which lead to some of today’s biggest successes in film and television. How can we best maximise the impact for Scotland from telling our stories, showcasing our landscapes, and engaging with those who are inspired to visit us, to write about our history, our heritage and our spirit?  

INNOVATELITERATURE provides an exciting platform to hear compelling stories of the industry, and engage with literature in Scotland. Come and join the conversation and debate! Our speakers have all been inspired to work in this industry in unique ways, each celebrating the power and joy of words, producing, marketing and selling inspiring works to a delighted audience. #Scotspirit.

Look who’s talking:

Jessica Fox, Writer and Co-Owner of Openbook in Wigtown. First shadowing directors and producers, from The Honolulu Theater for Youth to WNET in New York, Fox then founded Mythic Image Studios, creating music videos, shorts, commercials and documentaries. Her writing/directing work includes The Dresden Doll’s “The First Last Tour”, “Bluebeard” (North Hampton, Maryland and Boston Int. Film Festivals), “Birth” a Kickstarted funded experimental animation, music videos for Zoe Bestel, The Bookshop Band, Super Hot Joy and commercials for Spring Fling, Hidden Genius, The Bookshop, Wigtown Book Festival among others.

Amina Shah, Director of Programme for the Scottish Book Trust. Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. They inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include: gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home; working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom resources, book awards and author events; supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with training, awards and writing opportunities; funding a range of author events in communities across Scotland; organising Book Week Scotland and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide. 

Laura Jones, Publishing Director, 404 Ink. Laura is a book production and promotion freelancer and co-founder of alternative publisher 404 Ink. She is on the board of Bloody Scotland crime festival, their digital media manager, co-runs the Saltire Society's virtual book festival #ScotLitFest, and previously worked at as Editorial and Marketing Assistant for Saraband.

Registration to INNOVATELITERATURE is free.  

1600 Arrival

1630 Talks will begin followed by the Q & A

1800 Ends

VisitScotland and Wigtown Book Festival look forward to seeing you and to welcoming you to INNOVATELITERATURE.

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If you would like more information or have any queries regarding this event, please contact Fiona MacKinnon

Further information on the full programme and options on accommodation at  the Wigtown Book Festival can be found via Book.

Please make VisitScotland aware at the earliest opportunity of any mobility requirements.

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