Today’s the day.  I am now on the road to Edinburgh for day one of the book festival. 11 visits in the next 15 days – I’ll be going back to work for a rest!  Just how a good holiday should be.  It’s a real extravanga this year.  I realise that one year will be my last, and I may not necessarily know beforehand, and so it’s imperative that I make the most of every year that I attend.

I’ve read some books and I have some questions for an author or two. I also intend to take the blog on a literary picture tour of Edinburgh – just as long as it doesn’t rain.  And I’m sure ‘ll find a few mementos for blog readers.  Surprise pressies, if you will.   I don’t know what they will be yet but if you want to have a shot at winning them, just answer the following questions.   I’ll work out how to determine the winner(s) later – something along the lines of nearest guess, all answers combined.

 1)  How many books will I buy between now and the 29.08?

2) How many books will I read i.e finish in the same timeframe?  (I’m currently a third of the way through Cornelia Funke’s Reckless, John Lanchester’s Whoops!, Alexander McCall-Smith’s The Unbearable Lightness of Scones and half way through Amy Sackville’s The Still Point.)

3)  How many pages of notes will I take?  (A5 note book. Current event count is 27.  I now have a press pass, so that might not be the final total.

4) How many kilometers will I walk?  (I have a pedometer and I walked 100 km during one week in Barcelona … but there is an awful lot of sitting down during the book festival.)

If you don’t want to join in the contest, you may want to join in the literariness of the next two weeks. The Book Festival has commissioned a series of short stories on the theme of “Elsewhere”.  These stories will be released in a must-have anthology next year.  In the meantime, however, you can enjoy them online.  This year, the book festival is for everyone.