|Edinburgh launch of 'Flout' at Looking Glass Books, The Quartermile, 1st June, 2015|
This is what you get from asking your arty son to take photos during your reading.
A great event. So nice to see how many came despite freezing cold and rain - most un-June weather. Having had the first launch at StAnza Poetry Festival, followed by sharing a Glasgow launch with 4 others at St Mungo's Mirrorball event last week, this was my most personal launch in my home town - so thrilled to have so many friends, not just the usual poetry crowd, turn up, so it was more of a party with a bit of poetry attached. And they all seemed to enjoy it, even those who don't usually go to poetry readings. I was especially chuffed that a large group of my dancer friends came along - being 'performative' creatures themselves, it was fascinating to hear their reactions - as interested in voice, pauses, gesture etc as the content.
Looking Glass Books must be the classiest bookshop/cafe in Edinburgh so I was thrilled to hold it there -note the black and white floor tiles, the shabby chic furniture and the magnificent mauve sofa (which I remember as a chaise longue but actually it's not) but great for reclining on, wine glass in hand like a modern Edna St. Vincent Millay or possibly Dorothy Parker, and to sit with each friend during the book-signing for a chat - it felt like giving private 'consultations'!