After a wonderful week spent in the Orkney Islands, as part of the St Magnus International Festival — my thanks again to the organizers, and to all the fellow poets who shared the week — I’m delighted to say that I’ll be joining two other fellow transatlantic island-hoppers next weekend to observe the 4th of July here in Edinburgh. Fiona Wilson, JL Williams and I will be reading next Friday night, July 6th, at the newly-opened Looking Glass Books in the Quartermile. This reading is taking part in recognition of Independent Booksellers Week; with good company, refreshments, and in all likelihood a variety of national flags on offer, it should be a lovely night. 6.30 for 7pm if you’re in the area.
While Orkney is still on the brain, for anyone interested in the history of the St Magnus Festival, Pamela Beasant’s 2002 compendium of the first 25 years is a fascinating read — for Orcadiana of all sorts, from music to literature to landscape. Well worth diving into — just don’t forget to come up for air.