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It doesn't matter that I can already identify nearly every spot they mention and nearly every spot in the photo gallery. It doesn't matter that I already know most of this stuff.
It's Edinburgh. At Festival time. And Harry Potter.
I am SO homesick!
Look, for those who don't already know it, I spent several summers and a full year living in Edinburgh. And it just so happened I was living there when Half-Blood Prince was released. It was awesome to be running around that night taking photos of the carriages taking selected school children up to spend the night at a reading inside the castle.
And the Edinburgh International Book Festival is THE book festival.
Lately, I keep reading about Book Expo America. Bloggers have been talking about it like it was the be-all and end-all of book festivals. But after I had a look, I was not all that impressed. It was what, 3 days? And I counted 18 authors on their website. Oh, whoop-ti-do.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival runs usually about 3 weeks. It has around 800 events and 750 + authors. It's hard to be impressed by BEA when I've been to the Edinburgh festival several times.
BEA this year had Chris Colfer, Lowis Lowry, and Dan Handler. Not bad.
Wanna know whom I've met at the Edinburgh Book Festival before? Try Neil Gaiman, Ian Rankin, Doris Lessing (yeah, she's a grouchy old lady -- but she's also a Nobel prize winning writer), Debbi Gliori, Stuart Hill, Meg Rosoff, Liz Lochead, and at least a dozen others.
Unfortunately, it's been since 2008 since I've been to the book festival. Or seen the places that inspired Rowling as she wrote Harry Potter. Or toured the castle. Or walked the Crags.
I really want to go back. Really.
Maybe that's why I keep writing Scotland into all my books...... :)