WIGTOWN Book Festival organisers are asking visitors to share photos for a 25th anniversary exhibition.

The images will be used to create a showreel which will be projected onto a screen to look back on highlights from the event’s past.

Festival director Adrian Turpin who is putting together the Festival 25 exhibition is particularly interested in behind the scenes and informal images such as selfies with a favourite author, a photo of friends attending the event, or a ceilidh or walk.

He said: “One of the magical things about the festival is that a short visit to a small town in southwest Scotland can offer such amazing experiences and be the source of happy memories they talk about and cherish for years, even decades, to come.

“We’re asking people to have a rummage through their photo collections for pictures that sum up the spirit of Wigtown Book Festival and share them with us.”

Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway was officially designated as Scotland’s national book town in 1998 with its annual event becoming the second biggest book festival in Scotland.

The festival offers more than 200 events for adults, children, and young adults and generates £4.3 million for the local economy each year.

More than 3000 authors, performers and famous book lovers have taken part in the festival since it began in 1999 with this year’s line-up including Hamza Yassin, Judy Murray and former first m inister Nicola Sturgeon.

Instructions on how to send an image can be found in the blog section of the festival website at www.wigtownbookfestival.com.