Open Book at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014

This year, Open Book took 28 readers (including some volunteers) from two groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to hear readings by Sebastian Barry and Max Egremont.  Both days were great fun, and brought to life the reading we’d been doing in the weeks before our outings.


Open Book Launch

We launched Open Book with a coffee morning in Edinburgh earlier this week, looking for new volunteers and taking donations towards our book fund.  Claire and I had been secretly calling it our ‘recruitment drive,’ hoping that we would get friends interested in helping us as we look towards expanding our efforts in the coming year.

We had a fantastic response: nearly 30 people registered to help us in some way, from reading books in advance for suitability, offering to donate a book for use in the groups, or helping to facilitate a future group! If you missed the coffee morning (or missed the form at the coffee morning), it’s not too late to volunteer – visit our What We Do page to fill in a volunteer form.

Our coffee drinkers and cake eaters were also very generous with their donations; we’ve a very sizeable opening balance to our book fund too.  All around, a great launch for Open Book!