Posted by: gillarbuthnott | August 22, 2011

Things To Do In Edinburgh When It’s Sunny…

I don’t know how long it will last, but I am looking at blue sky for a change…

I had a lovely time on Friday at Sighthill Library, taking part in their world record reading attempt. It was a real community occasion, with all ages from babes in arms to pensioners involved. The sun shone on us, which was just as well as we were all standing on chalk numbers in a playground for an hour or so. We all took turns reading a line from Theresa Breslin’s Prisoner in Alcatraz, trying to beat the previous record set in Vienna. In the end, we didn’t quite manage that, but we did set a new UK record and, actually, it was the people and books that were important, not the record! It did make me think what a very bizarre job the lady who came from Guinness World Records has…. I’m sure it’s not boring, though!

I’ve been to some more great events at the Book Festival: John Harding and Michelle Paver talking about their ghost stories Florence and Giles and Dark Matter, both of which are going on my Christmas list. I was also lucky enough to get a ticket to hear Neil Gaiman in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger, which was marvellous and very inspiring to me as a writer.

I’m chairing the Danish novelist Janne Teller this afternoon, so I must go and make sure I’ve got all my questions ready…


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