Wigtown Festival Company in southwest Scotland is the Scotland partner in the Spot-lit project. Wigtown Festival company literary framework model focus is to enhance their child- and family-centred literature concept, which is called Story Book Dumfries. This project aims to promote Dumfries & Galloway as Scotland’s home of children’s books, a family attraction, and a national cultural resource. In Story Book Dumfries’ case it is important to realise that it is not affiliated with any organisation. It provides a platform for a diverse group of partners who believe in the potential of children’s literature to inspire and deliver practical advantages to the Dumfries area.
Due to Covid19 the Moat Brae House in Dumfries, which was Peter Pan author JM Barrie’s childhood home, has been closed. Instead of concentrating on the Moat Brae House, the Story Book Dumfries project team has formed links with other leading organisations, such as Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and The Stove artists’ network.
The Story Book Dumfries project’s long-term goal is to deliver substantial cultural, social, and economic advantages to Dumfries through children’s literature and the town’s status as the home of Scotland’s National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae House. The first goal was to collaborate with partners such as cultural organisations and small businesses to create a year-round calendar of events, activities, and attractions. The project’s second goal is to establish local roots by fostering the development of skills, expertise, and resources in the field of children’s literature in Dumfries. The third goal is to increase the influence of Scotland’s National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and to boost its profile.