We bid a fond, rather tired, farewell to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for another year …
The leaves are turning and starting to fall; the crowds of tourists are packing up their suitcases or rucksacks; and Charlotte Square has reverted back to its normal status of private garden.
The festival is over for another year. And what a great few weeks it was. We had twenty-nine events this year! Twenty-nine! The events covered everything: from poetry to politics, historical fiction to economics, and haggis to music.
August started with an event that celebrated the long awaited publication of Volume 1 of the Scottish Life & Society series, and ended with a rather bawdy night in the Guardian Spiegel tent with King Creosote (advocating the use of coke-a-cola and red wine) and James Yorkston, both of whom where there to help celebrate the publication of Songs in the Key of Fife with its author Vic Galloway.
Tomorrow we will tell you all about it, but for now here’s Sara Sheridan talking about Edinburgh International Book Festival, her local fête of imagination: