I was through in Edinburgh yesterday, photographing the prizegiving ceremony of this year's Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, only to hear that Edwin himself died this morning at the age of 90...
David Kinloch introducing the proceedings
Line-up at the reception afterwards - held in a very fancy building in Charlotte Square. The room itself had a number of feather boas and red roses strewn about decoratively. We managed to avoid anyone getting up and dancing on the table wearing them, though (or at least they hadn't by the time I left).
Equally horribly lit photo of Susan Grindley and Richard Lambert having a discussion involving complex poetical hand gestures (as a trainee poet I have only learn a few of the more straightforward ones so far...)
Afterwards, Gilly and I went to have coffee and pudding with her visiting American friends Sharon and Ernie in Browns nearby. Sharon and I both had an "Eton Mess" but it wasn't really anything like I'd imagined (i.e. something like this:
pic from here) as there were a whole lot of wee, mad bits of white chocolate and no discernable pieces of meringue. Gilly and I did consider complaining, but weren't sure we'd be convincing as Old Etonians... However, the conversation and real, live jazz pianist in the corner made up for this. If you're off to the Book Festival yourself though, remember - Browns: good with pianos; unclear on puddings...
Lit up building on the way back to the train
The world's shortest fireworks display (as seen through lots of trees)