Posted by: gillarbuthnott | August 18, 2019

Rocket to Charlotte Square?

chris close moon shot

I’ve been into space! Well, not quite, but as near as I’m likely to get, thanks to the imagination and skill of Edinburgh International Book Festival’s resident photographer, the wonderful Chris Close.

He magicked up this cosmological photo of me to celebrate my Balloon to the Moon event. This may well be my all-time favourite photo (of me, at least)

A week of the Book Festival gone, and the yurt hasn’t quite floated/been blown away yet. The atmosphere in Charlotte Square has been as magical as always, and I’ve been to some excellent events. Last night’s was Ambrose Parry – aka Christopher Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. I loved their first book – The Way of All Flesh – and am looking forward to submerging myself in their medical-gothic Edinburgh again when I read The Art of Dying.

I am having a day off, but it’s full immersion next week, starting with Michelle Paver, Susan Fletcher and Joseph O’Connor tomorrow….







  1. Fabulous photo!

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