Yesterday I was delighted to be part of the first ever St Andrews and St George’s West Mini Fringe Book Festival, which was part of a programme of events organised by St Andrew’s and St George’s West during festival time. The theme of the book festival was ethics/books that pose questions (by Scottish writers). Yesterday I shared the stage with Bill Clickenbeard, who was very entertaining and discussed the reason behind his writing his funny novel The Battle of Inchcolm Abbey. Ian Gilmore (the reverend of St Andrew’s and St Georg’es West and organiser of the book festival), was the chair, and a very good one at that. I think (well, I know!) I blabbed on a bit ( hem, hem, it is something I am working on!), but the audience were very patient and wonderfully attentive. I hope this is the first of many mini fringe book festivals by St Andrews and St George’s West because it was more than just an event: not only did the audience get the chance to hear us local writers talk about big issues in a lovely environment, but afterwards there was time for everyone to sit and talk (while having some yummy refreshments). I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the festival. At some ‘other’ book festivals, writers are shipped in and shipped out to the signing tent and then shipped away. Not so at St Andrew’s and St George’s.
I want to thank Ian for inviting me to speak at the festival and look forward to it becoming a permanent feature!