Scotland’s National Book Town is preparing for loads of Beano-inspired fun during the second fabulous weekend of the 25th annual Wigtown Book Festival.

There’s lots on for all ages and interests, including from the Big Wig line-up of children’s events.

Among them is Two Beano Ed’s Make Mega Mischief, an interactive event hosted by Mike Stirling, Beano’s Director of Mischief, and Craig Graham, Director of Mayhem. 

The duo will reveal their top tips for creating laugh-out-loud stories and share jokes from their latest Boomic, Little Menace’s Great Escape

During the event, children will also find out if they’ve got what it takes to be the next Beano Editor (hint: they do), and they also get the chance to be part of the Biggest Prank Ever Played in Wigtown!

Ahead of the event, Big Wig himself (the children’s festival mascot who lives in the woods just outside Wigtown) got together with local children (and adults) to prepare a warm welcome.  

Event details:

  • Two Beano Editors Make Mega Mischief
  • Saturday 30 September, 10:30am
  • County Buildings, Wigtown.

What else to watch out for in Wigtown this weekend

  • An Afternoon with Michael Morpurgo, in conversation with Vivian French Saturday, 30 September, 1.30pm 
  • The Magnusson Lecture: Andri Snær Magnason, On Time and Water: A History of Our Future Saturday, 30 September, 4:30pm
  • Jeremiah Bourne in Time – Nigel Planer – who shot to fame as Neil in The Young Ones – discusses his new time-travel novel. Saturday, 30 September, 8pm.
  • Aasmah Mir – A Pebble in the Throat: Growing Up Between Two Continents 
    Sunday, 1 October, 10:30am
  • Remembering Fay Weldon, My Mentor – Nigel Planer reveals how their close friendship was sparked by a short fan letter. Sunday, 1 October, 10.30am.
  • Kate Mosse – Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries – Sunday, 1 October, 12pm.

– Ends –


Picture by Colin Hattersley.

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