Big wave to you all after another busy weekend enjoying all the bustle of Edinburgh in August. As you will have seen here I am a big fan of the Fringe festival that takes over the city every summer. But I have not sampled the other festivals that take place at the same time and thought I should rectify this omission.
So this year I went to the book festival for the first time - it is so different from the Fringe which is big and noisy and takes over every conceivable performance space. The book festival is contained within one big grassy square in town - it is flat, has plenty of seats - including in the queue, the atmosphere is quietly excited. There is even a cafe inside the big bookshop that is erected on site
I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and reading from Ken McLeod whose scifi books I thoroughly enjoy too. He explained how he came up with the key concepts in his latest trilogy and read extracts from the 1st book and, as a special treat, a piece from the 3rd which he is currently writing. I have a ticket for another local author who I enjoy reading - Chris Brookmyre - for next weekend. I will definitely be adding the book festival to my August programme in the future.
And my tasting adventures continue. Outside one of the popular venues we had spotted a stall offering 'adult ice-cream' so had to investigate. Each flavour contains alcohol
I chose Oreos over Dublin and it was delicious.
Wishing you all a good week.