I wrote this years ago – I doubt it would win any poetry prizes but it's from the heart about one of the highlights of my year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square:
From a dictionary unravelled
words take wings, soar in the blue,
around America and France,
Spain, Africa and England too;
like homing birds drop from the air
– and come to earth in Charlotte Square.
For two blissful weeks of summer
prose and poetry take the stage
new plots and images enthrall us
ideas pour from page to page;
as poems are read we stand and stare
– and catch the rhymes in Charlotte Square.
Writing workshops, cappuccinos,
chocolate brownies, books galore,
queues to see our favourite authors
it’s all here, and much, much more;
it’s raining words, but all is fair
– the Book Festival’s in Charlotte Square.
Sad end of August, skies are bare
– the words have flown from Charlotte Square.
And if you want to know who I've seen so far at the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival visit the Capital Writers' website.