Literary Dundee Launch Party

Hi everyone! Today is a different post for me (the reviews will be back early next week) and it might be a bit short but I thought, since it is book related, some people might be interested.

I was kindly invited to the Literary Dundee Launch Party last night (13th September) by the lovely organiser Peggy Hughes. Literary Dundee is a book festival which takes place in Dundee, Scotland each year, and the dates for 2017 are the 18th to the 22nd October. I have been to a couple of festival events previously and really enjoyed them, (their discussion on First World War poet Joseph Lee was amazing) so between my nice experiences there and my general love of books, I was excited to see who would be featured this year.

The Launch Party was at Waterstone’s, the main bookshop in Dundee. The upstairs area is a cafe where the staff had arranged free tea/coffee and cake to help us through the evening. Some of the authors who would be appearing this year also turned up, so it was lovely to meet them and be able to put faces to names.

Launch Party
The amazing front cover design of the programme.

I was really nervous at first. I had never been to a Launch Party before, didn’t know anyone who was going, and was generally terrified of making a fool out of myself (a skill I have mastered over the years). But my unease was completely unjustified. Everyone was really nice and friendly – and turns out I did meet someone I knew so I didn’t feel like the total interloper I was.

Peggy also made a small speech about the upcoming festival. It was clear that she is so passionate about books and the festival you couldn’t help but get excited. The excitement was quite infectious, you could feel people becoming more and more anxious for October to roll around and Literary Dundee to begin. An event she mentioned which caught my eye, featured three contributors to the Nasty Women anthology who were going to be having a discussion about their work. Nasty Women is a collection of essays by various people discussing what life is like as a woman in the 21st century. I have heard nothing but good things about this anthology and I will hopefully be able to check it out sometime.

Launch Party
Just some of the people invited – and my first attempt at a panoramic shot!

Overall I had a really nice evening and I shall leave a link to Literary Dundee down below for you to check out the lineup. But last night got me wondering:

What is your favourite book festival? Have you been to one recently and what did you think? I’m curious about other festivals, especially ones I’ve never heard of before. And I may or may not snoop at the lineup to see if I can find new, interesting authors to check out. Because I act like a fool on the Internet as well as in real life apparently.

The lineup for Literary Dundee 2017 can be found here.

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