Jackie Kay wins at EIBF

Managed to get to EIBF for a day. Thrilled to see Jackie Kay win the Scot Book Awards. The event started a bit late as Jenni Murray ‘BBC Woman’s Hour’ presenter was caught up in traffic. I got to talk to her and say how much I enjoy her programmes every morning. She was gracious and charming. She chaired the event with humour.

First to read was Sue Peebles for her debut novel ‘The Death of Lomond Friel’, a book about how a young woman’s life is thrown into disarray when her father has a stroke, the extract on the fish shop was good. She is coming to the Milngavie Book Festival and you can see her at the Milngavie Library on 8th September FREE!

Jackie Kay read next from the non-fiction category ‘Red Dust Road’ her biography, and made us laugh with the extract on her summer holidays with her family. It was lovely to see her joy in paying tribute to her parents who were in the audience. A stunning writer and poet whose work tugs at your heart and yet blends humour with such ease.

Poet Stewart Conn was next and read 3 poems from ‘The Breakfast Room’. He was mildly surprised about winning the poet’s prize as he said he had mixed reviews for this collection. The poems he read were lyrical.

Leila Aboulela won the fiction category with ‘Lyrics Alley’. She could not be there because of family commitments. She sent a touching message on how ‘elastic’ the word ‘Scottish’ writer was, to include her. She also gave a clue about her next book which is going to be set in two time frames of Sudan in the 19th C and a North Eastern Scottish city (Aberdeen methinks!)

I was hoping to catch Anjali Joseph and Neel Mukherjee at the Amnesty Talk but as this programme over ran the hour it was not possible.

I have posted the arty pics of authors at the Fest which adorned most of the marquees, a touch of wit at the EIB. Also took the RBS Theatre where the event took place.

A perfect day at the Book Fest.

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