Posted by: gillarbuthnott | August 12, 2013

Book Festival Blog #1

eibf_colour_logoWell, it’s my favourite time of the year again (apart from Christmas, obviously) – Edinburgh International Book Festival. I paid my first visit on Saturday, to listen to the wonderful Kate Atkinson talking about her latest novel ‘Life After Life’. 

She’s a great speaker as well as a great writer. I love listening to her readings – her voice adds yet another layer of enjoyment to her work. She also shared the best ever ‘Final question’ thrown at an author during an event; ‘If you were stranded on a desert island with your family, which one would you kill and eat first?’

Beat that.

I was also lucky enough to be involved in an RNIB event, doing a reading from my short story ‘Marilyn’s Hands’ As part of the ‘Elsewhere‘ story collection, this has just been transcribed into braille and produced as an audio version for the RNIB, and several of the Elsewhere authors were there to read from their work –  James Robertson, Viv French, Anne Fine, Anne Donovan, and Theresa Breslin as well as me. (I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone – grovelling apologies if I have.) Janice Galloway also read from ‘Clara‘.

And finally, a great overheard quote from the yurt: ‘There’s no one I want to fondle in the yurt this year.’ Does that mean there’s no one at the book festival who rates a fondle, or that the yurt isn’t this year’s hot fondling venue? I need to know.

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