Having set a book in Edinburgh (The Curse of Borage-Doone), it was great to revisit its profusion of craggy spires and turrets this August. We were up for the Fringe and as always, took advantage of seeing everything on foot. In the book, strange things happen in the closes and alleyways and in the shadowy places behind the theaters. But even though we were out late at night after seeing lots of great acts, we saw nothing otherworldly…this time.
I have an association with Edinburgh that goes back 35 years and I never tire of visiting. It is inspirational for anyone with a creative streak. And since I write spooky books for kids and adults, what better place to wander around. This August, quite apart from the drama and the laughs with the comedians at the fringe, I even found my way to the Literary festival and sat at the back listening to Eoin Colfer discussing the end of the Artemis Fowl series. It was both poignant and amusing. And I guess there always comes a point at which you have to say goodbye to favourite characters. But interestingly, he was keen to point out that the door did not shut completely.
So if you get a chance, go North for inspiration. Try and arrive at night so that you can savor the surprise and delight you’ll have in waking and throwing open the curtains in the morning. Then see if you can steal some of Edinburgh’s magic for your imaginative project.
It’s certainly worth the trip.