I’m going to Edinburgh….


Tomorrow morning I’m travelling up to Edinburgh for the festival. I’ve got a few comedy nights booked and will hopefully manage to catch a few book events too.

I’m taking a laptop, so hopefully will be able to keep blogging as usual, but just in case the Wi-Fi doesn’t work I thought I’d let you know where I’ve gone!

Have you ever been to the Edinburgh festival?

Do you like seeing live comedy?

Who would you rather see – your favourite author or your favourite comedian?

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  1. Claire says:

    I haven’t been to the festival myself (despite living only an hour away until last year). My boyfriend lived in Edinburgh last year though and went to so many comedy events- he had an incredible time. He also tried in vain to buy us tickets to see Terry Pratchett at the film festival but they sold out in seconds.

    This year I was tempted to see Neil Gaiman again but I’ll wait until he’s next in London. For me it would be favourite author always.

    1. Jackie says:

      Neil Gaiman had sold out by the time I organised this trip – such a shame as I’d have loved to see him.

      1. Claire says:

        Jackie, according to Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feed the post-event signings at the book festival are open to everyone, ticketed or not. Thought you’d like to know! Hope you’re having fun. Walk along George Street for me please.

  2. Simon S says:

    Have a good time, Edinburgh is my very favourite city honestly! I would move there like a shot. So, so many wonderful things to do!

    1. Jackie says:

      I love Edinburgh too!
      I’m not sure I’d want to move there though – those hills are a nightmare with the pushchair and it is so cold!

  3. Sandy says:

    I’ve never been to Edinburgh, but I would love to go. I’m so jealous! If it were me, I’d see the author any day! Take lots of pictures and I will await all the juicy stories you’ll bring back. Are you going with your family, with your friends or by yourself?

    1. Jackie says:

      I’m going with the family – husband, two boys and the in-laws. So we’ll be able to take turns babysitting! It will mean that half the time we’ll have to be back to put the boys to bed at 7pm, so plenty of long evenings for blogging/reading!

  4. Kathy says:

    I hope you have a fabulous trip!

    1. Jackie says:

      Thank you!

  5. Violet says:


    Hope you have a great time Jackie.

    I like watching anything live. Really. I can watch and enjoy hard rock live too, something which I absolutely hate otherwise.

    1. Jackie says:

      I can watch all sorts of things live too. I think it is just the atmosphere that makes everything more enjoyable.

  6. JoAnn says:

    Enjoy the time away, Jackie! Edinburgh is a place I’d love to see someday.

    1. Jackie says:

      I hope you do get the chance to visit it one day. It is a great city.

  7. Kari says:

    When I went to Edinburgh, my tour guide said she came for the festival and never left. I want to go back there so badly! Terrible weather, but somehow still awesome. :)

    1. Jackie says:

      I can believe that! There is so much to do in Edinburgh – I can see the appeal.

  8. Meghan says:

    I’ve never been. I wanted to go this year since I’m actually close enough for it to be somewhat possible, but now I’m too poor! Maybe next year. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Jackie says:

      Perhaps I’ll see you there next year then!

  9. Dan Holloway says:

    I love live comedy (saw The Mighty Boosh 3 times last year). I had the utter privilege when I were a lad (10 years ago, anyway) of teaching RS A level to Miles Jupp, who went on to become Archie in Balamory as well as an Edinburgh regular. He was the funniest man I’ve ever met, and made every lesson a joy (fortunately he was bright enough to get an A despite spending lessons amusing me – it was one to one, so there were no other poor sods to distract). Go and see him if you get the chance. I think comedians have something authorsdon’t, without lacking any of the things we do have – it’s like they’re super-smart-clever-narratively-gifted…and then some. Leaves me marvelling.

    1. Jackie says:

      I love comedy too. While I love listening to authors they aren’t natural entertainers (in general, although I know some are very good) I’m really looking forward to seeing some good comics in Edinburgh.

  10. Melody says:

    Love the pic! I’m so envious!
    Have a great trip, Jackie!

    1. Jackie says:

      Thank you – I took that picture on my last trip to Edinburgh.

  11. I’ve been to Edinburgh, but not the festival. I loved the whole city, though only spent a couple days there.

    1. Jackie says:

      I’ve not been to the festival either. I’m really looking forward to it!

  12. lizzysiddal says:

    Jackie – email me. I’ll be there too. It would be great to meet up.

    1. Jackie says:

      Hi Lizzy – I’d love to meet you. I’m staying with my sister tonight and meeting up with the in-laws tomorrow. I’ll send an email to you once I’ve met up with the in-laws as I’ll need to work out our plans for the week and when they will be available for baby sitting. I look forward to seeing you soon!

  13. Suey says:

    I haven’t been to the festival, but I HAVE been to Edinburgh! Loved it!

    I like comedy fine… IF they can be funny AND clean at the same time, which it seems takes even more talent these days. Being dirty funny is a cop out imho.

    Definately the author, since I really don’t have a favorite comedian.

    1. Jackie says:

      I like my comedy to be original – almost all of the dirty jokes have been told before, so agree with you about prefering clean jokes. I’m really looking forward to spending some time in Edinburgh.

  14. Dorte H says:

    Beautiful shot! – makes me wish I were back in Edinburgh!

  15. Beth F says:

    What fun!! We love comedy and have gone to a few live shows to see famous people. The local “comedy club” is a bit too lame for our tastes. But a festival would be great.

    I hope to be in Edinburgh next year. Super photo.

  16. Jenners says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time … and honestly, I’d rather see my favorite comedian than my favorite author! I’ll just read what my author has written … I would rather laugh!

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