Saturday, 11 February 2012

A Narrow Squeak

Let no-one tell you that the lives of book lovers are dull. Yesterday (Fri Feb 10), a few minutes into a final planning meeting for our landmark Eowyn Ivey and "The Snow Child" event in Moffat on Sat Feb 18, the committee of Moffat Book Events, - we are a charitable organisation run by volunteers - , received a telephone call from a staff member at Hodder Headline's Scottish office to say they were pulling the Moffat event in favour of a book signing at Waterstones in Glasgow.

Having pulled out every stop to publicise the event, put up posters, distributed leaflets, publicised it via multiple entries on Facebook, MBE's own website and The Commonty, alerted the press and TV etc - the committee were absolutely furious and we made it clear that we were not willing to be bullied and that our reputation as a fairly new charity was at stake.

Luckily, Dumfries and Galloway Literary Development officer Carolyn Yates was present, dealt with the emergency very firmly, spoke with the Hodder executive in London with whom all contact had been made up to then and the event is BACK ON!!

In light of these alarms and excursions, Moffat Book Events would appreciate maximum support for this exclusive event – Moffat House hotel 6–8pm Sat Feb 18 2012, tickets £7 on the door or from The Booth or contact Marilyn Elliott on 07885444120

for the back story of how Eowyn came to be in contact with Moffat Book Events see

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