Izabella Scott, from Beyond Borders, kindly emailed me about the Books, Borders & Bikes International Festival of Literature & Thought, held at Traquair House near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on 20-21 August. This festival is billed as the Platform for Small Nation Dialogue and Cultural Exchange. Last year, Henry Olonga, former Zimbabwe cricket captain and all-round nice guy, attended. This year’s programme was equally interesting, and we attended the Zimbabwe at the Crossroads discussion on Sunday.
The panel, chaired by Allan Little and including Sir Kieran Prendergast, Mordecai Mahlungu, Petina Gappah and William Burdett-Coutts, was very well informed. It was really good to be updated about what has been happening recently in Zimbabwe.
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After the show, we looked round Traquair House, originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland.