Open Book’s annual visit to the EIBF 2015 saw more than 50 participants representing a wide variety of organisations travel to Charlotte Square. Visitors from Glasgow Women’s Library, Deaf Action Scotland, Grassmarket Community Project, Venture Trust, St Joseph’s Care Home and Crisis coming together under the Open Book umbrella to enjoy a day of author events.
Colm Toibin started the day off with a discussion of his latest book Nora Webster. The group form St Joseph’s had already read the first chapter and had lots to say about it when we adjourned for lunch. The afternoon saw attendance at a discussion led by Ghada Karmi of her exile from Palestine and return many years later and our day concluded (after more sandwiches and cake!) with attendance at performance poet, Kate Tempest’s event – her rendition of her work saw the normally reserved Book Festival crowd on their feet. A great end to our day.