I’m almost set for The Scottish Poetry Library on Wednesday evening (from 7pm-8.30pm) when Andrew Philip and I will be launching our collections in Edinburgh – respectively The Ambulance Box and The Opposite of Cabbage.
I’ve still to decide on which poems to read from a shortlist I drew up the other day. I have to work out exactly what time I need our babysitter to turn up. Andy and I need to decide who’s buying the crisps and who the juice (the wine is already taken care of). Also, how many copies of the book should I cart along? I don’t want to run out. Equally, I don’t want to be carrying a ton-weight home. Should I practice a new signature specially for the occasion, or will the old scrawl be sufficient? Which scarf should I wear? Should I bring a cabbage as a decorative backdrop? Or would some other vegetable be more in keeping with the occasion.
For anyone reading this within several hundred miles of Edinburgh – it’s free entry, free wine, free snacks, and there’s no guest list, no bouncers and no dress code. Come along and, if you buy the books (or even if you don’t), we will be incredibly appreciative.