bibliophile (noun): a person who loves or collects books.
Yes, that’s me. I’m a bibliophile. As a librarian in a past career, I was able to indulge in my love of books and the curation of book collections.
Unusually perhaps, I didn’t have a massive collection of books at home. The library was my collection. These days, I still see the public library as the place to go to find books. I have to admit though, that I am always very tempted whenever I wander into a bookstore.
Today I wandered into a bookstore…and was very tempted by the selection of wild books. Temptation won out and I came away with what is sure to be a valuable reference book, some good reads, and something that makes me smile.
As festival season is approaching, while I was at the bookstore I also picked up programmes for the:
- Edinburgh International Festival
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Edinburgh International Film Festival, and of course
- Edinburgh International Book Festival
After a quick flick through, I found a few wild/nature-themed offerings:
(Documentary – Edinburgh Film Festival).
The beautiful harmony of art in the natural world. Some 16 years after the elegantly meditative film, Rivers and Tides, acclaimed artist Andy Goldsworthy and director Thomas Riedelsheimer are reunited to look again at Goldsworthy’s unique, tactile and unusually site-specific work that celebrates and relishes harmony in natural surroundings. From the mud floor of a remote Brazilian villager’s hut through to the Scottish forest near his home, the film documents Goldsworthy at work in wonderful locations and also celebrating his kinship with nature as the now 60 year-old climbs through hedgerows and trees.
(Opening Event – Edinburgh International Festival)
Bringing together light and sound installations, large-scale illuminations and 3D-mapped projections onto Edinburgh’s iconic buildings, Bloom is an epic, outdoor, public art event that celebrates the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years, from the darkness and division of the post-war years to today’s explosions of colour and spectacle.
(Author Event – Edinburgh International Book Festival).
They haunt us and amuse us; they can be spellbinding and inspirational. Seabirds wield a strange power over humans, something which Adam Nicolson has attributed to their capacity to seem both distant from us, but also oddly connected. In The Seabird’s Cry, the Sunday broadsheet columnist, TV and radio documentary maker and Sussex-based farm dweller talks to Sally Magnusson about what we’ve learned from living with seabirds. This event will be recorded for BBC Radio Scotland.
(Music – Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
Folk traditions meet orchestral grandeur in this audio-visual spectacular. A world-class ensemble led by award-winning composer/pianist Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) features the cream of Scotland’s musicians, including Patsy Reid (fiddle), Michael McGoldrick (flute and pipes), Sorren MacLean (guitars), James MacKintosh (percussion) and a handpicked string section led by Grit orchestrator Greg Lawson (fiddle). They will perform Shaw’s stunning soundtrack live to specially edited HD clips of the sublime Maramedia/BBC nature film Scotland’s Wild Heart, immersing you in the landscape and seasons of Scotland
There’s sure to be a lot more. Why not check out the programmes?