Every kind you can think of!

12Feb2014This post is by Nancy Jardine.

If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that this Wranglers blog is contributed to by lots of different authors/writers who have their own writing preferences. We have poets like Doris McCraw who loves to work in a tight rhythm of 5/7/5 Haiku style. The poem below is a perfect example. http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sleep.html?spref=fb

We have other authors who write novels and short stories like Mike Staton who posts Sci-Fi stories to his Facebook Page. His story about Florina, is a great example of encapsulating what’s needed for a punchy short-short story. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Staton/257163720993943

Jennifer Flatten regularly entertains us with family related updates, which are a great way for me to compare the differences in living in Scotland and Wisconsin, and she makes fabulous jewellery when not blog writing!

ED int book festSome of us, like Gayle Irwin, love to go visiting to do author talks and write articles for magazines and journals. https://www.facebook.com/gayle.irwin.12?fref=ts

I would love to go on about all of the lovely Wrangler contributors but the page isn’t long enough to do them justice. Suffice to say, we are a diverse bunch all linked by WORDS.

WORDS are our business, and words are also the business of THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL.

Many people might say – what’s that?

The photo above was taken in 2013 and you can see the relaxed atmosphere that many folks are enjoying at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

( photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edinburgh_International_Book_Festival,_2013.JPG?uselang=en-gb)

I’m told, as a Scot, that if the word EDINBURGH is uttered, many people immediately think of The Edinburgh Festival. The Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival is the largest Arts festival in the world and celebrates the visual arts in as many ways as you can imagine. The city of Edinburgh (population approximately 480,000) is hosting around 3000 different Fringe shows this year. https://www.edfringe.com/

Dscn4164Many of these Fringe shows are street entertainers and those who entertain in out of city centre small venues with small audiences. They range from stilt-walkers, one-man comedy shows, plays, musicians of all music genres, monologues, acrobats, jugglers… the list is endless. Exhibitions of multi-media artwork are dotted around the city as well. There are many more expensive events at the Official Festival shows which are held in the largest auditoriums and theatres- though what’s on offer is also a diverse programme of events. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most famous of these larger events which is held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle- behind the walls in the photo above. None of those events can take place without a high degree of organisation and that involves a lot of WORDS.

However, what many people world-wide may not know is that concurrently there is also THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL.

The first Edinburgh Book Festival took place in 1983. At first, it was intended to run every other year but, by 1997, it became a yearly event. From the first simple tent in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, (Charlotte Square seen in the top photo) it’s now a very impressive fixture – even though a temporary one each year and still under canvas of sorts. Today, the Book Festival is housed in a specially created tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, in central Edinburgh.

Running for the last 3 weeks of August ( this year from 9-25th August) the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs concurrently with The Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe. You can well imagine that the city of Edinburgh is abuzz in August with visitors flocking to many of these different venues. Accommodation in the city is impossible to find, unless booked well in advance – like last August 2013!

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has more than 700 events listed for adults and children this year. People can take part in workshops, attend debates, listen to book readings, and can share in the ‘hot topics’ in writing on a one-to-one basis with well known worldwide authors. I can’t do justice to the plethora of events that have been organised in this post, but if you pop over to the official site below, you can experience a lot on line for yourself. Join in with interactive audio performances, listen to podcasts, watch video footage etc.    https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

20 bks CC

The FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP has a wonderful range of books for sale, FICTION AND NON-FICTION – all proceeds from these being ploughed back into the non-profit making fund which has been set up to run the festivals in future years. It’s therefore important to sell those paperback and hardback books every year,  and I’m totally proud to say that Book 1 of my Celtic Fervour Series- THE BELTANE CHOICE – is on the CROOKED CAT PUBLISHING stand! It’s one of 20 books they have chosen to represent Crooked Cat Publishing.

Can you spot it?

For more information on the range of novels my publisher produces click these links.



If you’re reading this blog at some distance from Edinburgh- don’t worry – you can click the link below, by a copy on line, and see why The Beltane Choice  on the Crooked Cat Stand.

I’m now itching for next Saturday the 23rd August to come because I’m going down to Edinburgh to see what all the fuss is about!

I’d love to know if anyone reading this post has heard of the Festivals going on in Edinbrugh just now…

Have a great reading weekend!

Nancy Jardine’s Novels

New TBC x 375http://amzn.to/16Xifgn


21 thoughts on “Every kind you can think of!

  1. Thanks for talking up the writers of Writing Wranglers and Warriors as well as my Facebook Author’s Page. We really do have a wide range of talented writers, most if not all authors. When I link to a post, I do get some people who “like” the post and once and a while someone will leave a comment. Wish more would.


    1. I have to say it’s the same with me. My own blog shows some 350 hits on a daily basis but comments are incredibly rare, Mike. I’m interacting only with a small amount of my friends on Facebook pages but once in a while, as you say, a comment appears from someone I don’t know very well or have lost FB contact with regularly – and that is really lovely when that happens. With hundreds of twitter followers and quite a few on FB it’s nice to feel I ‘know’ people yet I can only interact intermittently- time dependent. So long as people are reading our posts then that’s what makes this Wrangler blog both worthwhile and unique in that most of us take time to comment here. (Cherley has to be applauded for that 🙂 as she is a wonderful example)


  2. Nancy,
    Thank you for including the other writers in this wonderful post. I can just imagine the fun and chaos surrounding this amazing event. We do have festivals, book festivals, but rarely anything of this magnatude. WOW. Congratulations on your book being there and have fun and let us know how your day there went. Hugs, Doris


    1. Thank you, Doris. I’ve been to the Festival and Tatoo but I have to confess to not having been to the book Festival before. I’m sure to be posting photos somewhere. 🙂 I’m just sorry to not be able to name all th ewranglers in this post today. Another time!


  3. Wow! This event sounds fantastic! Since I can’t be there it’s fascinating to see it through your eyes. The pics you included are beautiful. So proud of your book being chosen to display. You deserve it, and any way we can get exposure is a good thing. Have a great time and please report back to us!


    1. Thank you. I’m very keen to experience it for myself, Abbie. I love Edinburgh as it’s a fantastic city at any time never mind festival time.


  4. Sounds like August is quite a busy time there. Would love to visit book festivals. My daughter who lives in London loves Edinburgh. Just emailed her to see if she’s ever been during festival time. Congrats on having your book featured.


    1. Hello Kate- thank you. I can see exactly why your daughter likes Edinburgh. I like London, too, but Edinburgh is a walk-about city centre that’s ‘pedestrian friendly’. London, to me, is a heaving mass of bodies to wade through as you go from place to place – although the Underground system is fabulous in London.


    1. The variety means it’s never boring on Wranglers! I think you see a huge amount as you travel araound, Cher’ley, even if you don’t catch some festivals, and that’s something many people just never experience.


  5. I agree this is a varied group and quite interesting. Although I am o where near Edinburgh it sounds like a wonderful event. It’s a shame there aren’t more like it.


  6. I wish I could go. I love travel, books, castles, books, authors, books, history, and books all my favorite things in one place! Have a wonderful time and enjoy your fame. Your book has earned that place on the book shelf.


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