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Thursday Past: What Did and Didn’t Happen


Blackwell’s on Thursday was a good night. A really varied bunch of perfomers — poetry, fiction, non-fiction and folk music — in a great venue, despite the traffic noise. It was a good audience, too. Heartening to see a mix of kent faces and new. Good on the bookshop for putting on such a good programme. If you’re in the vicintiy and have missed it, there’s still this week coming, when the line-up includes my fellow Lithgae resident Douglas Watt, along with Jim Sinclair, Michel Faber, Kenneth Steven and Louise Welsh.

Unfortunately, I had to head straight home after the reading and so didn’t get to see David Gaffney‘s show or meet the man himself. I also didn’t manage to get to either of Michael Symmons Roberts‘s EIBF readings this weekend. Not much of a festival for me this year. There’s always the next one! I vow to do more readings in Edinburgh next August too.

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