The 2011 Book Festival got under way yesterday morning and what a first day it was!
The gates opened at 9.30am when the book-loving masses flooded through the doors to be greeted by the exuberant sounds of the Edinburgh Samba School.
First up was the amazing Julia Donaldson who took to the stage with an entourage of musicians and colourful characters - much to the delight of the packed audience. And the high-spirits continued throughout the day.
Despite the seemingly-endless downpours of late, the day was thankfully (almost) rain free!
Here’s to the rest of the Festival, to lots more sunshine, and to tons and tons of lovely authors, books and events.