Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My Dog, my Friend at Aye Write – Glasgow’s book festival

Left to right: Journalist Melanie Reid, thriller writer Helen FitzGerald, book compiler Jacki Gordon, William McIlvanney and comedian Fred MacAulay
There was laughter in the aisles as 200 or so attended an event on My Dog, my Friend – Heart-warming tales of canine companionship from celebrities and other extraordinary people at Aye Write – Glasgow’s book festival. Jacki Gordon who compiled the book was joined on stage by four of the illustrious contributors who read their extracts, talked about why they became involved, and shared tales and anecdotes testifying to the joy that dogs bring to our lives. Jacki’s gorgeous hound, Looka, had heard it all before and added to the fun-filled atmosphere by barking loudly during one of the readings. Jacki fears that all the publicity that this book has been getting (including the photocall for a national newspaper just before they went on) has gone to Looka’s beautiful head and that she may be turning into a bit of a diva.

Perhaps that is a small price to pay though – not only are all the book’s royalties going to Samaritans, but also the audience showed their appreciation by generously cramming their coins and notes into the Samaritans collection cans at the end.

A great event, rounded off with long queues at the book-signing table.

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