Monday, 20 September 2010

First Review and more

You might like to visit The Scotsman newspaper online - there you`ll find the first review of Ribbon of Wildness, in last Saturday`s issue. See what you think - I`m well pleased with it.
Then there will be STV this coming Wednesday from 5.00 - 6.00.
And Glasgow members group of Scottish Wildlife Trust on the same evening.
Waterstone`s now has it on the shelves, and of course Amazon is doing a roaring trade.
Murrayfield Rotary has me to look forward to.
The Scottish conference of The Duke of Edinburgh`s Award will be seeing a bit of me as book sales person.

So you see, I`m ready and willing!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

The Grand Linear Launch - 5th September

With the book appearing from the printer on Friday 3rd, the scene was set for the big launch on Sunday 5th September.
Over 70 people gathered at lunchtime in the very grand setting of the City of Edinburgh Council`s main Council Chamber. Erin had produced a very professional Powerpoint to illustrate what was happening, and who was involved. Dave was chairing the event. Twelve small groups of people - friends, family and supporters, were at the ready, on the tops of hills spread the entire length of Scotland from the English Border to Duncansby Head.
Robin Harper MSP, who has written the foreward to the book, welcomed everyone, and gave a short appealing introduction.
Over the next hour or so the phonelink to those who were on the hill tops was activated, the Powerpoint took the audience on a visual journey along the Watershed, I gave a series of short readings from the book,and this was interspersed with question and comment.
Ribbon of Wildness - Discovering the Watershed of Scotland, was duly launched amid rousing applause, to what is hoped will be an inquisitive and receptive public.
Some 80 copies were sold and signed there in the City Chambers.

Edinburgh Internatioanl Book Festival

It was a sellout!
On 25th August, the Peppers Theatre in the Book Festival in Charlotte Square was packed with people ready to hear more about both my Ribbon of Wildness, and Emma Wood`s Plague Peatbogs and Potatoes. Both of us presented an outline of our books, then the proceedings were thrown open to questions. There were no awkward silences!
All in all, and excellent public introduction to Ribbon of Wildness - it augeres well for the future.