‘Just the Author’s Type’ at EdBookFest: Instalment #4

Welcome one and all to the 4th instalment of ‘Just The Author’s Type’. For those who don’t know what this is, let me briefly explain. Throughout the duration of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a typewriter (my typewriter – a 1952 Hermes 2000) has been installed in the author’s yurt (EdBookfest’s equivalent of the ‘green room’), and visitors have been invited to leave a message. I’ve taken these messages, digitised them and put them online. These are the results. Let’s see what we’ve got this time around:

Such a beautiful message, and one that we should all take on board.

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Jonathan Meres may not have left anything that he considers to be ‘profound’ but I love how he’s misspelt his own name :). See, we’re all spoilt by the power of word processors, and their ability to correct any spelling mistake, even when that spelling mistake is something that we should always get right.

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Here’s another author who loves this Hermes 2000. I’m not sure what Mr. Becker means in saying that Burroughs favoured ‘Q’. I’m assuming the Burroughs in question is William S. Burroughs, and I’m assuming that Q is a brand of typewriter. Off the top of my head however, I can’t think of a typewriter that starts with the letter Q. Anyone?

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Wouldn’t it be great if Milly’s parents bought her a typewriter for Christmas? I’m thinking that they may have no option.

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This comic exchange would have been completely anonymous were it not for the fact that somebody’s name was used. And I believe that somebody to be author and translator, Donal McLaughlin. Fantastic stuff, and sound advice for anyone getting ready to mow the lawn.

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Birthday wishes from one smiley person to another.

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Promises from a poet or short story writer?

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Profound verse.

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That’s all for this instalment. I’ll be back with the next, very soon. My thanks to all who took the time to participate.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books)

Comments

  1. More gems 🙂

  2. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)
    says:

    some great piece ,maybe there could be a book in this ? ,all the best stu