Where can you find a Yurt and a Spiegeltent, comedy, politics, cuddly creatures, crime and all kinds of great writing?
Well, if you are in Edinburgh in the next two weeks or so there is one place you should not miss.
Now that is a huge claim to fame but for those of us who live in the vicinity - and the some 220,000 visitors it attracts- it is easy to see why.
Edinburgh at festival time is a completely different place than it is during rest of the year. It feels looks and even smells different!
Of course the Edinburgh weather can affect the Book festival as much as anywhere else and there have been a few years when the rain left delightful little ponds around the square- delightful for the little yellow plastic ducks that suddenly appeared! Their equally sudden disappearance gave rise to discussions about the possibility of a plastic crocodile..... ?
But each year they have added more solid walkways, then covered walkways to and from the event tents and the bookshop tents and finally even to the author's green room - the yurt.
There was one particular year when there was much comedy to be had watching the staff wielding large umbrellas to shelter celebrity authors in the dash across what seemed to be the only uncovered walkway- the first 2 metres as they stepped out of the yurt on their way to their events. Thankfully that was sorted the following year.
|creating the Spiegeltent|
In the signing tent or walking around the book festival you might spot a first time author or a megastar, a politician or an actor. The Book festival also has a Spiegeltent where in the evening Unbound is free and brimming with music and performances.
As you can see I am a huge fan and look forward to the last two weeks of August each year.
It is a chance to spend time listening to wide variety of fascinating authors, to meet up with old friends and new and to discover books and authors I might never have found otherwise.
|Preparing to chair an event with Nicola Morgan|
The Authors' Yurt is a particular delight.
The 'green room' for authors appearing at the festival, it is a lovely space and even has a separate area for quiet preparation before an event.
|Hamish McHaggis & friends|
Hamish McHaggis decided to pay a visit to the yurt a couple of years ago and the staff were keen to pose with him! I am not sure if Hamish is going to make an appearance during my event this year - it will depend if he has recovered from his recent trip to the USA!
I will be spending quite a bit of time at the book festival again this year and aside from my own events I hope to catch up with quite a few SAS authors and ABBA contributors who are appearing there this year, such as, Celia Rees, Liz Kessler, Nicola Morgan, Gillian Philip, Cathy MacPhail and many more.
Here are details of my events below and in the comments perhaps those of you who are also appearing in Edinburgh will add your names and the details of your events, too.
If you are coming to Edinburgh don't miss the Book Festival or put it in your diary for next year!
Linda Strachan is appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival on-
On Thursday 18th August 2011 - 5.30pm
Amnesty International Imprisoned writers series
On Friday 19th August 2011 - 5.00pm For teens and Adults -
Exploring the research involved in writing her teen novels Spider and Dead Boy Talking
On 25th August 2011
- writing workshop (THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT)
On Schools Gala Day - 30th August 2011
Hamish McHaggis and friends