It’s become a bit of a joke at work.  Whenever I go into Edinburgh for a half-day conference, I take a half-day’s leave to go adventuring in the city afterwards. Edinburgh, City of Literature, never ceases to surprise me and last Tuesday was no exception.

As I disembarked at Waverley Station (the only rail station in the world to be named after a novel), who did I meet?  None other than Sir Walther Scott, author of said novel, in the middle of distributing 25,000 books! The book, produced by the City of Literature for the 10th anniversary of Edinburgh being proclaimed a Permanent City of Literature, celebrates Scott and his work.  As indeed did Waverley station that day which was decorated with the wit and wisdom of a man, who was so much more than a novelist.

Digital copies of the special release available here, if you’re interested.

I had to rush off to my conference, but I had time during my afternoon off to take some photos.  By the looks of Scott, his latest gifts to the nation were snapped up like hot cakes.

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Never has Waverley station been so endearing and the surprise served as a timely reminder that I’d best get my skates on, if I want to read Waverley in its bicentennial year.

 

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