Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife

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Loitering On The Fringe

by admin - 20:43 on 01 July 2013

Eden Court has unveiled the brochure for the Inverness Book Festival, which it is to host from August 6-10. The event features talks by authors and agents, workshops, storytelling sessions and lots more. You can read the brochure here.

Loitering on the fringe of the festival – and featured on page 20 of the brochure – is a more humble event: a Book and Paper Fair, through which bibliophiles are welcome to wander, browse and buy. Especially to buy.

As the proud author of A Cat Called Tess, co-author of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery, and publisher of several more eye-catching works, I'll be there (as will my prints and cards) in the hope that Someone Powerful In Publishing will spy the books and offer lots of money to buy the rights. You never know.

Put the date in your diary and come along to say hello and marvel at the literary goodies offered by my fellow exhibitors. We'll get very bored if no-one visits.

Sales of The Bumper Book have slowed this year (as we expected) but we're making steady progress towards the 2,500 mark. We might hit it at Christmas. In the meantime, we have a new sales outlet – The Plough at Rosemarkie – and I'm in talks with a bookshop whose name I'll reveal if agreement is reached on terms.

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Despite all this business busyness I managed a couple of snaps in the garden and intend to take more tomorrow. No pine martens, though.

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Moggy Update: The Pride's communal birthday, which was an arbitrary date anyway, has been moved to Thursday, when Matchgirl is home again. Henceforth we will celebrate their annual ageing on July 4.

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