Reading The City @Edbookfest @RonButlinMakar @oldnorthroad @fivekingdoms #Review

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IMG_9179Kick starting my  Edinburgh Book Festival 2017 was an amazing event with James Loxley, Ron Butlin and Vivian French.  The event focused on the influence the New Town has had on Authors and Poets.

A fully packed Bosco Theatre and I were entranced as James Loxley told us a little history of the New Town, regaling us with fascinating tales of its previous inhabitants.

Vivian French read from A Song For Little Toad which was inspired after a walk at the water of Leith.  Ms French also enlightened us with tales from Catherine Sinclair who lived in Edinburgh in the 1800’s and was one of 13 children.  In fact, her home is now Browns Resturant on George Street.  The readings from Ms French were fascinating as we learnt of Lady Howard.

Ron Butlin read from Billionaires Banquet, Trainspotting and also the poem The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson which I really enjoyed.  Hearing and watching Mr Butlin read is a magical experience.  He has the audience in the palm of his hand. If you get the chance to see Mr Butlin perform then do jump a the chance you will not be disappointed.

The Lamplighter 

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

Robert Louis Stevenson

A brilliant start to our Edinburgh Book Festival 2017.

You can book for the next Reading The City event on the 19th of August. Just click the link to book your ticket ~ Click to order.

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