Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Edinburgh Launch of Flout.

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'!

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