My kinda town
I love Edinburgh. I'd live there if I could. Next week I'm up there speaking at one of the most prestigious events I've yet been invited to take part in - the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs alongside the Edinburgh Festival.
My event is called 'A Raucous History of the Beer that Built the British Empire' and it's at 8.30pm on 24 August in Peppers Theatre. Full details are here. If you're in town, please do come along. I'm quite nervous about this one so will be writing and rehearsing my talk extra diligently, which means it's going to be brilliant.
Yes I really am steering the bloody ship
At the same time in another venue there's some bloke called Andrew Sachs in conversation with an obscure local writer called Alexander McCall Smith. So. No competition then.