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The Edinburgh Book Festival on a sunny day


It’s a perfect day in Edinburgh for soaking up the atmosphere and sitting in the sunshine in Charlotte Square, currently home to the fantastic Book Festival

Between August 13th and 29th Charlotte Square at the west end of George street is transformed into the Edinburgh International Book Festival. A hive of activity which some how retains asence of calm and tranquility.

I love to browse the books on sale, sit in the sunshine and pop into the various tents and events to see what is going, and discover new and aspiring authors showing their works.


Last week I was lucky enough to pop in to The Spiegeltent when Sarah Broadley was about to take the stage and read a great piece as part of Story Shop. Now in its tenth year Story Shop gives up and coming writers in Edinburgh the chance to read short stories or chapters of their works.  It’s free and takes place every day at 3.00pm. Hosted by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, you can find out more about Story Shop at the link below.

See Sarah’s take on her day performing and the lead up to that day at the Story Shop on her blog HERE.


With only a few days left I urge you to take a trip to Charlotte Square, and today is a perfect day to catch a few rays and discover a new book!

Edinburgh International Book Festival website

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust website

Plenty to see at Edinburgh Book Festival

BookFest2014_booksI and the wee Sketchers (seen here sitting at one of the sunflower tables) were soaking up the sun in Charlotte Square yesterday afternoon. Surrounded by books,authors and illustrators I have to admit we got a little carried away in the shop.


There is so much on in Edinburgh at this time of the year I sometimes only find my way to the Book Festival on the last day and rush around in a blur trying to take it all in.


This year however I and the kids were there to soak up the atmosphere (and sunshine) and enjoy being amongst the wonderful world of words, illustrations and knowledge that is a book festival. After buying a (rather lovey) canvas bag full of books in the children’s shop we spent an hour cutting and sticking in the kids craft tent.


And with a week still to go I will definitely be back, although next time perhaps on my own… those deck chairs look great for a wee snooze in the sun.