It’s been a busy week, with Jayne Wilding’s launch in St Monans on Monday night.
Sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees was unwrapped in the Harbour Howff Cafe, on a chilly night in the East Neuk. The atmosphere in the cafe was warm and friendly, however. As well as Jayne, two other St Monans poets read – John Brewster and Gordon Meade. After the reading, walking back to my car, it was lovely looking out over the dark Forth, and seeing the lights of Sunny Dunny just across the water. So near yet so far.
Then on Thursday night, it was across to the other side of the country, to Helensburgh, for Catriona Malan’s launch of Love Affair With Mussels.
This launch was held in Helensburgh library, with a large and enthusiastic audience. Our mutual friend Doreen, who helped me to select and edit the collection, and who took the cover photograph, also provided the refreshments and nibbles on the night. Having been brought up in the area she met up with a lot of old friends. And the Area Librarian recognised me from the pages of Information Scotland, the librarians’ journal. (I wrote a column in in it for six years). It was another lovely occasion, and I’m glad the snow forecast was as innacurate as the hurricane forecast of a few years ago.
I’m delighted too that Jayne will be having an Edinburgh launch on Thursday 18th December, in Edinburgh Central Library’s Conference Room (7.30pm). Email me through the Calder Wood Press website if you’d like to join us – all welcome. As an extra, I’ll be reading a short extract from my novel in progress – The consoling fire – which is set in the same area as Jayne’s poetry, but 8 centuries earlier at the time of the Cathar Crusade.