Arnold Palmer – A Ryder Cup Legend

Golf’s luminaries have paid tribute to Arnold Palmer today. Palmer played six Ryder Cups for the United States, captaining the team to victory in 1975. This extract, from Behind the Ryder Cup: The Players’ Stories, sees ‘The King’ arrive in signature style at the 1967 Ryder Cup in Houston. It also reveals an unlikely wager in the 1967 competition, in which Palmer pulled off a tremendous comeback in the fourball matches to win a handmade clock from Jackie Burke.

Extract from Behind the The Ryder Cup: The Players’ Stories 

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Arnold Palmer: My troubled relationship with Ben Hogan began when my pal Dow Finsterwald arranged for us to team up and play with Hogan and Jackie Burke in a practise round before the 1958 Masters. I had a bone-wearying midnight drive across South Carolina and I went out on the course that morning and played abysmally. A little while afterward, as we were changing in the club locker room, I heard Ben Hogan remark to Jackie, ‘Tell me something, Jackie. How the hell did Palmer get an invitation to the Masters?’

That really stung me. I’ll never know if Hogan knew I overheard the comment. But he certainly was aware that I was nearby and could have overheard it. I knew he was probably the most precise shotmaker who ever played the game and no particular fan of my style of play, having once said of my game, ‘Palmer’s swing might work for him, but no one else should try it.’ In any event, the question burned me up and set my mind on showing him why the hell I’d been invited to the Masters. To go on to win it that year was quite something.

Johnny Pott: Hogan was a totally different captain than Byron Nelson had been. Byron wrote us a letter every week and kept us informed and all that. Byron was very outgoing and kept us abreast of everything that was happening. And maybe that had been because we were going to England for the 1965 matches. But we really never did hear much from Hogan, except we knew from our correspondence from the PGA that he definitely was going to be there.

We were told to arrive in Houston on the Monday of Ryder Cup week. There were ten players on the team, and we were told to be there on Monday for a practise round. Normally, what we would do was play two fivesomes. Well, we were getting ready to play about ten o’clock and Arnold Palmer hadn’t arrived. Hogan goes around to everyone and asks, ‘Where is Arnold Palmer?’ Somebody said, ‘Well, he’s not here yet. We haven’t seen him.’ Hogan says, ‘I’m gonna wait a little while. I really want us all to play in two fivesomes, and I’d like to see how you guys are playing.’ About a half hour later, Arnold buzzed us at Champions in his jet. He flew by about five hundred feet above the ground, made some funny turns and all that kind of stuff. Hogan looks up and says, ‘Oh, there’s Arnold Palmer, huh?’ There’s an airport in the vicinity of Champions where Arnold landed, and I think Arnie got a citation from the FAA for buzzing the golf course. But that’s another story.

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Arnold Palmer arrives at the course by his private plane.

Arnold shows up and he walks out on the practise tee hitching his pants, and you know how Arnold is, and he says, ‘Hey, Ben, what ball are we playing?’ Hogan says, ‘Well, Mr Palmer, when you make the team, I’ll let you know.’ He was pretty hot at Arnold for not being there with the rest of us.

Peter Alliss: That was the first time we saw Arnold Palmer in his jet plane. He zoomed over the course and got a telling off from Ben Hogan for behaving badly. ‘What the hell do you think you’re doing, flying over the course?’ He had got Henry Longhurst and Pat Ward-Thomas, two journalists, up with him, giving them a ride around in his new jet. It was revolutionary, his new plane. It was all very exciting. I remember Arnold’s plane had gone zooming round and suddenly there was a little bi-plane that came across, obviously a flying club plane, and somebody said, ‘That’s the caddies arriving!’ It was quite funny.

Hogan couldn’t believe Arnold had pulled that stunt. We couldn’t believe that a golfer had his own plane!

Arnold Palmer: I loved it, that was my thing – I loved flying my plane.

Jack Burke Jnr: Palmer went to Hogan and said, ‘Are we gonna play the little ball or the big ball?’ – because we had an option in those days to play the English ball or the American ball. And Hogan said, ‘Fella, I’ll tell you when I tell you if you’ve made the team.’ Palmer never did like that.

Arnold Palmer: The thing I remember about Hogan was that he never called me by my name. It was always, ‘Hey, fella!’ He was pretty standoffish. He wasn’t a real friendly guy. His friends were Burke and Demaret and as far as I knew those were his best buddies. Demaret always kidded with him and talked to him a lot, wasn’t intimidated by him.

Ben Hogan: If Jimmy Demaret had concentrated on golf as much as laughing and making people laugh, he might have won more tournaments. Of course, I wouldn’t have liked him as much.

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The fourballs on the second day really showed the difference in class between the two teams as the US won seven matches outright, with the only blight (if it can be called that) on their record being the halved match between Littler and Geiberger with the resolute Jacklin and Thomas. 

Julius Boros: I was playing with Arnold Palmer against George Will and Hugh Boyle in the Saturday afternoon fourball, and at the halfway point we were down by four. So I turned to Arnold and I said, ‘I’ve heard about these famous charges of yours. Let me see you get out of this one with one of ’em.’ Arnie was so used to challenging himself, he was surprised when he was challenged by someone else. So he said, ‘You follow me.’ I did, and I’m a son of a gun if he didn’t pull that damn match out the bag. We won one-up.

Arnold Palmer: Julius Boros and I were getting trounced early in the fourball matches against Hugh Boyle and George Will when I glanced up and saw Jackie Burke looking on. Jackie was the host professional at Champions and a long-time friend who loved to pull my chain whenever he could.

‘Well, Palmer,’ he drawled slyly as we walked off the green where Julius and I had gone three down. ‘Looks like you two have gotten yourselves into a real mess.’

I glanced at him as if I had no idea what he was talking about. ‘What do you mean, Jackie?’

He grimaced. ‘I mean, I don’t think even you will be able to get your team out of this one.’

‘Jackie,’ I replied, ‘I’m sorry you don’t have any faith in us.’

‘Sorry. Not this time,’ he said.

‘Well, if that’s the case,’ I proposed thoughtfully, ‘you wouldn’t care to put a little something on it, would you?’

Now the old rascal smiled. ‘I tell you what. If you somehow get out of this mess and win this match, I’ll make you a clock.’

‘A clock?’ I asked.

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Peter Alliss

‘Not just any clock,’ he added. ‘A beautiful handmade clock.’ So a clock it was. On the very next hole, Julius and I started a charge and went on to secure a come-from-behind one-up victory. That momentum propelled us through the rest of the weekend. I won five matches, gave the Brits a joyride in my airplane that brought the wrath of the FAA down on my head and scored five points, contributing to one of the largest American margins of victory in the history of the Ryder Cup. That handmade clock, incidentally, which has the twelve letters of my name where the numbers usually are, sits on a shelf in my office workshop. That’s a place very special to me – the place I really love to go and work on clubs and be alone with my thoughts. So it’s only fitting the clock is there, reminding me of a wonderful moment in my playing career and how much fun it was to take that clock out of Jackie Burke’s hands.

Going into the singles, the US held a 13–3 advantage. Over the course of the two sessions they once again demonstrated their outstanding abilities to finish the third day’s play 10½–5½. The final overall score of 23½–8½ was the largest margin of victory ever posted in Ryder Cup history.

Behind the Ryder Cup: The Players’ Stories is available online and in all good bookshops.

‘Lammas’: A new story in the ‘1588: A Calendar of Crime’ series

At the beginning of August we published a new short story in the 1588: A Calendar of Crime series by Shirley McKay called Lammas.

LammasAbout this short story:
Lammas day, a day of celebration for some. Elspet, a serving girl at the harbour inn has been told for years by the inn’s owner, Walter Bone, that she is ugly and that no man will ever want her. Then, after years of being shut away from the world she unexpectedly catches the attention of a young labourer and realises she has been lied to all these years. She meets her lover in secret at the Lammas day fair, but her dalliances do not go unnoticed . . .

Hew Cullan finds himself retained by a man with a mind for murder. Walter Bone makes clear his intent to kill Elspet’s lover, and seeks Hew’s help to ensure his will is upheld when he is inevitably hanged for the act. But his jealousy has unexpected consequences. When Elspet disappears without a trace several innocent fair-goers and patrons are dragged into a web of suspicion, rumour and accusation. It falls to Hew to unravel the twisted threads and figure out the truth of the matter.

What is Lammas:
In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, 1 August is Lammas Day (Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, “loaf-mass”), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide.

The loaf was blessed, and in Anglo-Saxon England it might be employed afterwards to work magic: a book of Anglo-Saxon charms directed that the lammas bread be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain.

In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of first fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first or the sixth of August (the latter being the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ).

Lammas has coincided with the feast of St. Peter in Chains, commemorating St. Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison, but in the liturgical reform of 1969, the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori was transferred to this day, the day of St. Alphonsus’ death.

Shirley McKayAbout the author:
Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and seventeenth century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and has wowed crime fiction fans since then with the Hew Cullen mysteries over five novels, Hue & Cry, Fate & Fortune, Time & Tide, Friend & Foe and Queen & Country. Her fantastic blend of page-turning whodunit with intriguing historical detail — often incorporating real life figures — continues to win her an army of fans.

You can get your hands on a copy of the eBook here.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival starts this weekend

EIBFThis Saturday, the 13th of August, the Edinburgh International Book Festival opens its doors. For another year Charlotte Square will be packed with some of the worlds most talented writers. As usual we have events going on most days. In this blog we have highlighted some of our author events.

14 August 2016
Liz Lochhead discusses her latest collection Fugitive Colours

Fugitive ColoursFive years ago, Liz Lochhead became Scotland’s Makar. Now, to celebrate the completion of that role, she publishes a major new poetry collection, Fugitive Colours. Featuring commissioned works (such as a poem written for the Commonwealth Games in 2014) and personal pieces (including a beautiful poem about west coast holidays with her late husband), this collection confirms Lochhead as a poet at the peak of her powers. She discusses her work with Brian Taylor.

Time: 3.15pm–4.15.pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Over 60s/Under 16s)

15 August 2016

JWay of the Wanderersess Smith – The Turbulent Tale of Scotland’s Gypsies

Back in 1982, as she watched her father’s life ebbing away, Jess Smith promised him that she would write a history of Scottish Travellers, setting the record straight about a group of people so often discriminated against. Way of the Wanderers is Smith’s heartfelt account of the travelling singers and storytellers for whom a campfire under the stars is preferable to a warm hearth within stone walls.

Time: 2.15pm–3.15pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Set Adrift Upon the WorldJames Hunter – From the Clearances to Canada

What happened to the people evicted from their homes in Sutherland and taken to the frozen shores of the Hudson Bay? Renowned Scottish historian James Hunter explores how the Clearances led to the founding of Winnipeg in Set Adrift Upon the World, while Myrna Kostash writes from the perspective of the Canadian community in Edmonton in the early days of the New World. Join them on a unique transatlantic journey.

Time: 3.45pm–4.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

16 August 2016

Little SpartaMagnus Linklater discusses Little Sparta with Philip Hoare and Alison Turnball

Nature and ideas intersect in inspiring ways. Linn Botanic Gardens is the subject of Another Green World, a beautiful, elegiac book created by novelist Philip Hoare and artist Alison Turnbull. At Stonypath in the Pentlands, artist Ian Hamilton Finlay created Little Sparta, a garden with stone-carved typographic artworks. Magnus Linklater, chairman of the Little Sparta Trust, discusses the garden and its enigmatic creator.

Time: –11.30am
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

17 August 2016

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown 2Walter Reid – The British betrayal of India

Acclaimed author of military and political history, Walter Reid takes a dim view of Britain’s role in India after the Second World War. In Keeping the Jewel in the Crown, he uncovers a wealth of evidence to suggest that far from easing the passage to independence, Britain held back India’s progress, leading to chaos in 1947, and repercussions that are still being felt today.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

The Colouring Book of Scotland - coverTea, cake and colouring-in with Eilidh Muldoon

Come along for a colourful hour of creativity and cake with top illustrator Eilidh Muldoon as she leads a colouring-in session of giant pictures from her latest book, The Colouring Book of Scotland, which includes some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. Hear why she chose the locations, get tips on how to perfect your colouring skills and enjoy a cup of tea, or juice, and a slice of cake – all included in the ticket price. Enormous fun for all ages!

Time: 4.15pm–5.30pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
Tickets: £9

18 August 2016

Poachers Pilgrimage (high res)Alastair McIntosh – The Mysteries of the Outer Hebrides

Glasgow-based writer and activist Alastair McIntosh has campaigned on issues such as land reform, globalisation and ecology, and his work has been described as ‘world changing’. In Poachers’ Pilgrimage, a new book about his native Outer Hebrides, McIntosh makes a pilgrimage from the most southerly tip of Harris to the northerly Butt of Lewis. The result is a meditation on the extraordinary islands and their people. He talks to Jane Fowler.

Time: 10.30am–11.30am
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Debi Gliori with Faye Hanson – Drawing on the Imagination

Debi Gliori and Faye Hanson offer an insight into the world of picture book writing and illustration. Gliori is the creator of many instantly recognisable books including No Matter What and The Tobermory Cat. Hanson has just published Midnight at the Zoo and The Wonder. Together they discuss how to give a child space to imagine, dream and question the world between the covers of a book.
Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)


Dragon Games with spineJan-Philipp Sendker with Peter Ho Davies –Echoes of the Cultural Revolution

The legacies of Mao and Confucius infect two provocative novels linking Chinese and American experiences. In The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and cleverly depicts the immigrant family experience. Jan-Philipp Sendker’s Dragon Games tells the story of an American journalist and his Chinese girlfriend as they face a crisis which takes them back to her home village. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Time: 7.00pm–8.00pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Penelope's WebChristopher Rush on war, peace and Penelope’s Web

Christopher Rush is a notable Scottish novelist pondering the contradictions in our attitudes to war and peace. We might rail against war but is there something in us that needs it? And is peacetime always positive for those who’ve been at war, or can it actually be more harmful than conflict itself? These questions run through Penelope’s Web, Rush’s thought-provoking retelling of Odysseus’ return to Ithaca after 20 years of war. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.

Time: 8.45pm–9.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

19 August 2016
Jenni Fagan discusses her latest collection The Dead Queen of Bohemia

Dead Queen of Bohemia, TheIn the wake of her rapturously received debut novel, The Panopticon, Edinburgh-based Jenni Fagan presents The Dead Queen of Bohemia, a new collection of poems from across her career. Andrew McMillan’s debut poetry collection, Physical, won last year’s Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His work has been described by fellow poet Helen Mort as ‘alive with subtle reflections on masculinity.’

Time: 7.00pm–8.00pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

21 August 2016

Magicians of ScotlandRon Butlin with James Loxley and Christine de Luca – Reading the City

Auld Reekie has inspired poets for centuries, from Dunbar to Fergusson and Burns to Butlin. But how have authors engaged with this fickle muse, and how have their words shaped Edinburgh as a literary city? Join University of Edinburgh’s Professor James Loxley and Edinburgh Makars Christine De Luca and Ron Butlin to explore the literary landscape and hear poetry inspired by the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Time: 10.30am–11.30am
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square

The Book of the HowlatChildren’s event with Kate Leiper and James Robertson

Written by James Robertson and illustrated by Kate Leiper, The Book of the Howlat is the enchanting retelling of one of Scottish literature’s most famous poems. A young owl, unhappy with his appearance, enlists the help of more handsome birds to give him a dramatic transformation. But as the howlat’s beauty grows, so too does his arrogance, and the other birds feel action must be taken … Join two hugely gifted artists for an unmissable Scots event.

Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

Here Come the TrollsHere come Ron Butlin and James Hutcheson! – Children’s programme

What would you do if your house was invaded by naughty, havoc-wrecking trolls? Learn some top tips for returning your home to a troll-free zone in Here Come the Trolls!, the charming new book from former Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin and illustrator James Hutcheson. Hear Ron read the story and take part in a troll-drawing competition, before quizzing Ron and James about their troll-rific book.

Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

Kate Leiper with Mehreen Fatima, Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen – Trading Stories: Scotland and Pakistan

In a recent collaborative project organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland created new poetry, stories and music together in Glasgow. We invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries to Lahore Literary Festival in February to build on this translation exchange in Pakistan’s second largest city. For this special event, illustrators Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper join storytellers Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen to present the results.

Time: 2.15pm-3.15pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

24 August 2016

Darien A Journey in Search of EmpireJohn McKendrick discusses Darien: A Dream and a Tragedy

It was a catastrophe that played a key role in forcing Scotland’s union with England in 1707. How could William Paterson have set out to dominate an inhospitable Panamanian isthmus with the aim of creating a trading enclave called Caledonia? In his research for Darien: A Journey in Search of Empire, Edinburgh advocate John McKendrick travelled to Darien and uncovered information that sheds new light on this pivotal moment in Scottish history. Chaired by Allan Little.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

25 August 2016

Cara Ellison and Jenni Fagan speak at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit as part of the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series 

As Scotland potentially passes some of the most progressive laws on gender identity in the world, the visibility of trans issues has never been higher but is this ‘trans moment’ being felt elsewhere? In this event, we hear the work of authors writing about the persecution of people who challenge gender norms. Reading today: Juno Dawson, Cara Ellison, Jenni Fagan and Madeleine Thien.

Time: 5.30pm–6.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: Free admission.

26 August 2016

Glasgow the AutobiographyAlan Taylor discusses his new book Glasgow: The Autobiography

The story of Glasgow is a mash-up of industry and immigration, grime and glory, rock’n’roll and radicalism. In his new anthology Glasgow: the Autobiography, journalist Alan Taylor collates contributions from an astonishing variety of sources. Some are by visitors like Dirk Bogarde, who captured vivid impressions in passing, while others are by proud Glaswegians. From artists to murderers, their stories reflect a gallus, beguiling city. Chaired by Richard Holloway.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Arrivals and SailingsAfternoon Tea with Jan Patience and Louise Wyllie, authors of Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie

Journalist Jan Patience and Louise Wyllie, the daughter of internationally renowned Scottish artist George Wyllie, invite you to join them for tea, treats and exciting cake creations as they share stories from the charismatic artist’s life. They discuss their collaboration on Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie while you enjoy a full afternoon tea, all included in the ticket price.

Time: 4.15pm–5.30pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £22 (includes admission and afternoon tea)

Scotland A HistoryScotland’s Moment in the Sun – Alistair Moffat talks Scottish history

While Edinburgh in August is passionate about exploring the ‘international’ across its festivals, there is always a vital place for delving deep into the heart of Scotland. And that’s what Alistair Moffat will be doing when he discusses his Scotland: A History from Earliest Times which looks at the major battles as well as exploring the ordinary people who have shaped this land from Ice Age to IndyRef. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.

Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Young Soul Rebels FINALWhy the Northern Soul Beat Goes On – Stuart Cosgrove discusses Young Soul Rebels

The notable Channel 4 broadcaster and BBC football pundit rarely avoids the opportunity to obsess over his favourite music. In Young Soul Rebels, Stuart Cosgrove recounts the fascinating story of Northern Soul, weaving his own personal history into the biography of venues such as Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca. In today’s event he gamely compares his favoured musical subculture with the likes of mod, punk and rave.

Time: 8.45pm–9.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

27 August 2016

Brilliant and Forever - second edition (RGB)Kevin MacNeil discusses his latest book The Brilliant & Forever

Kevin MacNeil’s The Brilliant & Forever is the Lewis-born writer’s satirical third novel, featuring three best friends – two human, one alpaca – competing for glory at a Hebridean literary festival. Meanwhile, leading Flemish novelist Peter Verhelst presents The Man I Became, a heart-warming fable about human relations narrated by a gorilla. Both are immaculately insightful fables for our strange times. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.

Time: 10.15am–11.15am
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

28 August 2016

The Celts And All ThatAllan Burnett and All That! – Children’s event

Join Scottish author and historian Allan Burnett for a fun, fact-filled hour of colourful costumes, riotous role-play and macabre jokes all about the ancient Celts. Allan’s bestselling And All That series brings history to life, gory details and all, in a witty and accessible way. Come and find out more, but beware: this event may cause audiences to go berserk!

Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square,
Tickets: £5
Bear's AdventureBear’s Adventure with Benedict Blathwayt – Children’s event

Bear goes everywhere with his family. But what happens when Bear is left at the seaside by himself? Benedict Blathwayt has been writing and illustrating children’s books for 30 years. Join him to find out where he gets his brilliant ideas, and discover how we’re all brimming with stories. Tickets admit 1 child and 1 accompanying adult. Adult supervision recommended.

Time: 3.15pm–4.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

29 August 2016

Lee Brilleaux aw.inddZoë Howe discusses her recent book Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman

With R&B punk band Dr Feelgood returning to public consciousness thanks to the story of co-founder Wilko Johnson’s battle with cancer, writer Zoë Howe believes it’s a good time for recognition to be given to the band’s other co-founder who died aged 41. In Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman, she argues for a long overdue appreciation of his legacy.

Time: 8.30pm–9.30pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

30 August 2016

Allan BurnettCelts and Vikings with Allan Burnett

Celts and Vikings go to war in this action-packed event featuring two of the most terrifying tribes in European history. Join author and historian Allan Burnett for a fun and fact-filled hour of colourful costumes, role-playing and macabre jokes. Warning: this event may cause audiences to go berserk!

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2016
Time: 12.45pm–1.45pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square


Tappety TamShoogly Stories from Scotland with Tim Archbold

Meet writer and illustrator Tim Archbold and his quirky new characters Tappety Tam Fairley and Clarty-Jim McCloud for some funny Scottish storytelling and drawing. Then join in and get a chance to invent and draw your own silly story character.

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2016
Time: 11.45am–12.45pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Charlotte Square

Clarty Jim

We hope you find something that you’ll enjoy and we hope to see you over at Charlotte Square; we’ll mainly be hanging out in the bookshop, so pop in and say hello.

All tickets can be booked online here.