Falkirk Libraries’ World Book Night celebrations got off to a rocky start on Saturday after the star attraction’s guitar got lost on the way to the library but after more than 50 turned up for the night things started to get rather exciting!
Doug Johnstone, author of the new, critically-acclaimed thriller Gone Again, is used to wowing crowds with his songs as well his writing, but when he alighted the train at Falkirk Grahamston he was horrified to find his guitar was still in the overhead rack on the train bound for Alloa.
Luckily friendly Scotrail staff managed to radio ahead and, after an hour of nail-biting for Doug and the library staff at Falkirk, the prized possession was safely returned – but only after it had enjoyed a round trip of the Forth Valley.
Later, on Twitter, Doug called his helper at Grahamston Station a “legend”.Thankfully the rest of the evening went without a hitch and the audience were treated to songs, reading and chat from Doug and hugely talented Glaswegian author Denise Mina.
Former criminology lecturer Denise, had event-goers in stitches as she discussed her successful career, spanning the Garnethill trilogy, BBC Drama Field of Blood and her graphic novel adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Shona Hill of Falkirk Libraries said “Library staff were thrilled by the response to the event. Our authors were fantastic and we can’t wait until next year’s World Book Night!”