Northern Ireland's First Minister Ian Paisley has delivered the opening address at the annual Scottish book town festival.
Northern Ireland's first minister is launching the book festival
He was speaking in Wigtown to launch the event which runs until 7 October and involves dozens of writers.
This year one of the themes of the festival is the celebration of peace in Northern Ireland.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 10-day event of readings, exhibitions and debates.
Mr Paisley delivered the opening address at the town's festival marquee.
He spoke of "building bridges" between Scotland and Northern Ireland and of the power of the devolved areas of the UK working together.
Other speakers during the event include Allan Massie, Alasdair Gray, Jeremy Bowen and Louis de Bernieres.