Warm sunshine and the Highland Games half a mile away meant that Day 2 of the Opening at Balbirnie was bustling and well-patronised. Added attractions were face-painting, an impromptu poetry-reading, and music on ukelele and guitar.
The day dawned grey and drizzly, but soon the sun came out and visitors started to arrive, along with press photographers. It turned out that we had been allocated more space than I had anticipated – a whole bookcase revitalised by Aval-Ballan as it happened – so I sent for more books. At the moment we have Erica Emdon’s Jelly Dog Days plus Lupa and I am not a fish by Marie Marshall, as you see in the photograph below. As we have the loan of this space for as long as we like, I shall be moving some more books in as soon as I can, hopefully on behalf of P’kaboo Publishers.
The space at Balbirnie Craft Centre could be put to all kinds of uses. Some of the artists run workshops, but the Collective would probably consider requests from people who wanted to run an event of their own (exhibit art, stage poetry readings, etc.).
I know the opening of a Craft Centre doesn’t seem the kind of thing you would expect to find on the web site of a literary agent. Of course we do have an ulterior motive (a client’s books will be on sale there), but on the other hand it’s just a venture we support, and involves personal friends. Click the image below – it shows work by one of the Collective – to see an introductory video promoting the Grand Opening.