Last weekend, I hit the road with my new novel, ‘The Barra Boy’. Two book events and signings were organised, one at Waterstones Oban and one on the island of Barra itself, at the Buth Bharraigh, the local community shop.
Thanks to another rail strike, it was a drive up to Oban, taking in Loch Lomand, the impressive St Conan’s Kirk at Loch Awe and some gorgeous scenery – despite the grey weather. Oban itself is a beautiful bay, nestled beneath hills on the west coast of Argyll, and I had time for a bit of sight seeing at McCaig’s tower.
The event in Waterstones Oban, overlooking the picturesque bay, was unfortunately affected by a lack of stock in the store in the days leading up to it, so only a handful of people turned up. However, as a first-timer to these sort of things, maybe it wasn’t a bad thing – a good practice run! Also had time to sneak in a trip to see ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ at the local cinema.
A five-hour ferry trip across the sea to the Outer Hebrides and Barra the next day, with only mild sea sickness! Sneaked in another cinema trip as the impressive Screen Machine Mobile cinema was on the island. And of course made time to take in the beaches.
The event in Barra was well attended with locals and a couple of tourists too. A very enjoyable hour or so and plenty of books to sign. Plus, there was cake.
A smoother ferry trip home and some sunshine for the drive back. All in all, a very enjoyable experience, with lots of lovely feedback about the book. It’s great to meet people, see people engaging with ‘it ‘The Barra Boy’, and gaining a few sales along the way.
More events coming along soon too, so keep in touch with social media accounts for more news. And check out how to get a hold of a copy of ‘The Barra Boy’ HERE.