The 2004 Edinburgh International Book Festival opened yesterday, Saturday 14 August, one of the most beautiful and sunniest days of August. Lucky for M&C I am just down the road in Glasgow and will be attending some of the events.
25,000 people came through the doors on Saturday and Sunday, to listen to their favourite authors and took advantage of the beautiful weather to relax in the garden.
Both opening events – Scottish poet Liz Lochhead and Children’s author Eoin Colfer – were sold out in advance, with audiences being welcomed to the sound of a live jazz band playing in the gardens.
Other fully booked events on the opening weekend included Louis de Bernieres, Melvyn Bragg, Joan Bakewell, Alexander McCall Smith, Doris Lessing and Lynne Truss.
The highlight of the Festival’s second day was the appearance of JK Rowling who read from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to a crowd of avid fans who were able to ask questions and get their books signed.
We will be hoping to attend events with Alex Garland (The Beach), Ian Banks and Ian Rankin.
More soon.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.