Archive September 2011

 

Atkinson-Price, travelling editor, Water for Elephants, Sue and Chris

Sue & Chris, mavens of Atkinson-Pryce

Every time I go to Scotland I love it more. The weather was gorgeous and everything looked like a calendar of Beautiful Scotland. Dramatic lighting, artfully placed animals on perfect rolling hillsides, fluffy clouds occasionally emptying on head, villages like a film set, liveable cities and lots of spectacular coastline.

Atkinson-Pryce, Travelling Editor, Water for Elephants

Street frontage: Atkinson-Pryce Books, High Street Biggar

I was chugging through all of this, dreaming of real-estate, on the local bus from Edinburgh to Biggar (on the Scottish Borders) driven by local legend Nancy. Destination: book group night at the Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop.

In another perfect location, Biggar is the local hub and the bookshop much loved by locals. It’s a beautiful shop, lovingly stocked and inviting. Like the best bookshops, you want to stay a while and make discoveries. Sue and Chris, manager and owner, made me feel very welcome, and then sent me up a ladder to hang bunting as part of the themed evening for Water for Elephants.

Atkinson-Pryce, Travelling Editor, Water for Elephants, bunting

always happy to lend a hand, though my bunting-hanging skills a bit rubbish

Two book groups came together and, as ever, it was a stimulating and fun time. Some interesting questions and discussion about the book and publishing in general.

Atkinson-Pryce, Travelling Editor, Water for Elephants

warm & cosy - just as a bookshop should be

Champagne and enthusiasm were the order of the evening. Thanks to all who organised and attended (and for those who came a long way) I had a great time.

ps Thanks too to Danielle and Robert to coming up to the Edinburgh Festival from Biggar the next night to hear John Vaillant talk about The Tiger. Great you could make it.

Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop, travelling editor, Water for Elephants

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Edinburgh…


Edinburgh festival

a bit of The Fringe

Edinburgh coffee

a perfect flat white

Festivals from Fringe to Edinburgh Book Fest

Decent coffee

The Playfair Steps

The view of Arthur’s Seat from Holyroodhouse

Canongate Kirk, especially the blue pews inside

Waiting in Edinburgh Bus Station

Edinburgh National Gallery

View of Edinburgh Castle from my window

Arthur's Seat from Holyrood

Arthur's Seat from Holyroodhouse

Wynds

Carson Clark Map Gallerythe Royal Mile – who remembered the details of a map from eleven years ago

Surprise views of the Firth of Forth

The view of Edinburgh Castle from my hotel window

 

Pratfall Edinburgh

scene of pratfall on the Mound - tried to laugh it off - failed

The People's Story, Edinburgh

The People's Story Museum, the Royal Mile

The Holyrood end of the Royal Mile

The Bow Bar, Grassmarket and the walkway and the (soon to be) One Day tribute tour.

 

See you again soon Scotland…

 

 

 

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