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January 28, 2013

Pole Dancing In Libraries?!

Pole dancer in club.Pole-dancing classes at the library? That’s apparently what one public library in Scotland is offering as a way of getting more readers through its doors, according to a report in The Guardian.

The event will take place on “Love Your Library Day,” and is described as “pole fitness.” Local musicians will also be performing that day.

Libraries around the world are trying to find new ways to make money and keep readers interested in their services. In Barcelona, the local government recently encouraged libraries to open bookstores inside their premises, while San Antonio, TX this week announced a bookless public library, with a design based on that of the Apple store.

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September 17, 2011

Wigtown Book Festival hires resident hermit

Writer Robert Twigger will set up home in a purpose-built grotto in the garden of Wigtown's largest bookshop

By Charlotte Cripps

Being a literary hermit is not a job widely advertised – but it has its perks. Wigtown Book Festival in south-west Scotland has hired Robert Twigger as its resident hermit for the duration of the 10-day festival next week. He will set up home in a purpose-built grotto, constructed from reclaimed timber, found on Wigtown beach, in the garden of Wigtown’s largest bookshop, with a hose to the nearest standpipe in order for him to take a shower.

“As a writer, life is pretty hermitic anyway,” says Twigger. “I have had loads of training sitting alone writing. Also not visiting people in order to get a book finished hardened me up quite a lot… I shall be happy to extol the virtues of solitude to all and sundry.”

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June 28, 2011

Edinburgh book festival: record levels of interest cause booking chaos

Filed under: Art Festivals — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 1:40 pm

Alasdair Gray

Director apologises to those unable to book online after high-profile events sell out on first day of full ticket sales.

By Severin Carrell

Many of the highest-profile events at the Edinburgh book festival sold out on the first day of full ticket sales after an unprecedented surge in demand caused chaos for its online booking service.

Events including Alasdair Gray’s closing performance, AC Grayling’s conversation with retired bishop Richard Holloway, and readings by Sarah Brown and Simon Callow were among the first to sell out after record levels of bookings over the internet and the festival’s telephone booking line.

The first customer began queueing outside the ticket office at 3am on Sunday, buying seats for authors including Bettany Hughes and Ian Rankin. Another 230 joined the queue before it opened at 8.30am for full public sale.

The website had more than 300,000 hits and the phone lines took 25,000 calls in the first hour of sales, more than double last year’s volumes.

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