As some might say from around these parts, the nights are fair drawing in, and we are delighted to be able to tell you that we have an extra special line up for our October Literary Salon From Your Home, next Tuesday (27th October at 6pm) to help ease our transition into winter through these already difficult times.
To start off proceedings; we are holding a watch party for the EIBF event with renowned Scottish author Kirstin Innes, in discussion with Heather Parry about Clio Campbell, protagonist of Kirstin’s much-lauded novel, Scabby Queen. You can find the event here should you wish to access it earlier than Tuesday. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kirstin-innes-who-is-clio-campbell This shall be followed by an interview with Rosie Walker, whose debut novel Secrets of a Serial Killer was published digitally in July with its printed version released this month. Rosie is a former attendee of the Lit Salon and we are delighted to see her success; and doubly so that she is able to join us for our Salon From Your Home.
After the interview, we will be holding our customary chat and catch up on Zoom, for which Kirstin and Rosie have kindly agreed to join us and answer some of your questions. It will be a fantastic evening with two great authors, and we are hoping as many of you as possible can make it along.
We are using Eventbrite to access the event, to help us gauge numbers, (and to issue reminders) and you will find all the details you need at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/octobers-literary-salon-from-your-home-tickets-125985577253 .
In other news, judging for the first Edinburgh Literary Salon Anthology in partnership with Napier MSc Publishing is continuing apace and we will be announcing successful submissions in due course. We are funding this ourselves as part of our efforts to become financially autonomous and ensure the long-term future of the Salon; but we are, of course, delighted to welcome any financial contributions to the costs of printing and distribution. We will be creating a crowdfunding campaign very soon, but if you would like to help out, please get in touch.
The wonderful Viccy Adams of Creative Scotland’s Literature Team has again helped us out with some helpful information.
Check out the events page from Portobello bookshop, including the launch of Mairi Kidd’s Feisty and Fiery and fierce: badass Celtic Women to Live Your Life By, chaired by Viccy herself.
Mairi is happy to pop into the bookshop to write any personal dedications if people buy via Porty Books: https://www.theportobellobookshop.com/events
There’s a summary of the Twitter Q&A run by the Literature Team earlier in the month up on the Team Lit blog: https://medium.com/creative-scotland-literature/highlights-from-askteamlit-twitter-q-a-8a948aa6815d
Also, Creative Scotland’s comms team did an interview with Helen Sedgwick, in which she talks a lot about her experiences of applying to the Open Fund for her next novel: https://medium.com/creative-scotland-literature/interview-with-helen-sedgwick-e2da8f4a8895
It’s going to be a great event on Tuesday and we’re really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Remember to sign up with the Eventbrite link. Tickets are of course free and although we can’t unfortunately deliver to you the customary free glass of wine, we might encourage you (in a responsible fashion of course), to have a glass or two at the ready, just to wet your whistle.