The dining hall was packed and I found myself sitting next to a very sexy female pirate (one of the Pirates of Penzance at the Edinburgh Festival). Afterwards we set out for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a few highlights:
The Polish poet Adam Zagajewski reciting Czeslaw Milosz’s poems wonderfully, in Polish and English.
Professor Ian Thompson on Jules Verne, lover of Scotland, presented by Nat Edwards, director of the Robert Burns Museum.
I suddenly developed an enthusiasm for various Scottish subjects, such as ‘A Short Monograph on Diversity in Scottish Sausages’ or ‘Highlights from Scottish Literature: A Succinct Overview of Afflictions caused by wearing a Sporran’...
You can hear more from Arnold Jansen op de Haar in his column.