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FREE PICTURE: Refugee Group at 2019 Wigtown Book Festival, 29/9/19: Refugee Group at Wigtown Book Festival, at festival's first weekend, 29/09/2019: Childrens author Alan Windram with a group of refugee children visiting the festival from their new homes in Glasgow. Alan, from Oban, West Highlands did readings of his book One Button Benny to the group. The children and their mothers are from all over the world including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, India, Ghana, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Egypt. They were brought to the festival by the Open Book charity as part of its work to use literature as a way of helping new Scots discover more about the country and its culture. More information from: Matthew Shelley, press manager for Wigtown Book Festival - 07786 704 299 or Matthew@ScottishFestivalsPR.Org Photography for Wigtown Book Festival from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - cphattersley@gmail.com - 07974 957 388.**FREE Picture - FIRST USE ONLY** - within 30 days of origination of photography; all other publications to be paid for - please contact photographer for details.

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Oban-based author was joined by a group of refugee children at Wigtown Book Festival recently for a reading of his picture book One Button Benny, which has been translated into Arabic.

Alan read to the children in English, which was translated by an interpreter, with images from the Arabic translation of the book shown on screen.

The children and their mothers – who were visiting the festival from their new homes in Glasgow –  are from all over the world including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, India, Ghana, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Egypt.

They were brought to the festival by the Open Book charity as part of its work to use literature as a way of helping new Scots discover more about the country and its culture.

Alan said: ‘It was such a privilege to be able to take part in the event with a translator and to share my book One Button  Benny with children and parents from so many Arab speaking countries.

‘Wigtown Book Festival and Open Book Reading are doing an amazing job bringing books and literature to so many diverse groups and people of different cultures.’