Launch Week Highlights

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Glasgow 16th June

Last week we launched ‘A House Called Askival’ in the elegant bar of the Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield St.  It was a warm night, the place was brimming with bright souls and bon-homie and I loved seeing so many folk there.  Amazingly, we discovered that the beautiful building with it’s red brickwork, arches and decorative tiles was once the Bank of India.  Perfect.  There was a nail-biting quiz, a couple readings from the book, and questions from Adrian Searle, Director of Freight Books, and from the floor.  Best of all, a bunch of us went out for dinner afterwards to Opium, a gorgeous ‘Asian fusion’ place just up the road.  A fantastic start to a week of celebrations!  Thanks to Freight for a great event and the photos.  More on their site.  

Inverness 17th June

This launch was hosted by the brilliant folks of the Highland Lit Salon in their usual venue at the Glen Mhor Hotel, down by the river.  Again, a wonderful bunch of friends and kind supporters turned out and gave themselves with vigour to the quiz and questions.  The Salon is not nearly as high-brow as it sounds, but rather a gathering of people interested in writing, reading and sharing the joys of literature.  They have a fantastic programme of guest speakers – authors, publishers, agents, etc – and all are welcome.  Many thanks to the team there for inviting me to be their first book launch.    

Aviemore 19th June

And to finish, the local launch was hosted by Highlife Highland at theAviemore Library.  There was a fantastic home crowd, fierce competition in the quiz and bubbly to celebrate.  The highlight for me was having proud husband and sons in the audience.  Thanks go to them and the other lovely folks who helped: Charlotte Macarthur, Pam Topping and Andrea Newbery.

Radio Programme Coming Up

I’m excited to be a guest on Janice Forsyth’s Culture Studio programme on BBC Radio Scotland, this Wednesday 25th June at 14.05pm.  Tune in or Listen Again at some point in the next week.

How Do You Get the Book?

Many people have been asking, and the answers depend on where you are in the world, how you read and how patient you are.  Here’s the low down:

– Freight Books  will post anywhere in the world
– 
Amazon UK in print and Kindle
– bookshops in the UK now (in US, Australia and South Africa from November)
– 
Amazon US in Kindle now
– Amazon US in print for pre-order, available November
– If you live near Aviemore/Kingussie you can get a copy from me (signed!).  £14.99 cash or cheque.  
Contact me to make an arrangement.
– If you would like me to send you a signed copy, 
contact me and I’ll let you know postage costs and bank transfer details.  If you don’t have a UK bank account this will incur currency exchange fees – check the details with your bank.

Thank you

For your interest and support!  I do hope you enjoy Askival and would love to hear your views.  If you have a minute to pen a wee Amazon review, that’s always a big help.  (Please use my surname and don’t mention any personal connection, or Amazon take it down.)

Till the next letter,

Namaste!

Merryn