Saturday 15th October 2011 was designated the first International Dorothy Dunnett day to celebrate the publication of Dorothy's first book The Game of Kings, in 1961. Groups of readers in many parts of the world gathered to mark the day.
Here in Edinburgh we gathered in the morning at the National Library of Scotland where a special showing of some documents from the Dunnett archive which particularly pertained to Game of Kings had been arranged for us. We could easily have stayed there for hours investigating these documents but we had to move on to the Makars Court for our ceremony at Dorothy's stone just outside the entrance to the Writers' Museum.
After a couple of readings a bouquet was laid on the stone by Paula Garrow, followed by individual rose buds by everyone present.
After the ceremony we retired to a restaurant where we enjoyed a fine meal and raised a toast to Dorothy, which was given by Tazmanian reader Tess Monsur who was here with her husband for a visit. Discussion was, as always at such Dunnett gatherings, extremely enjoyable until we parted in the late afternoon.
Ann McMillan reading an email from Cecilia Holland
Paula Garrow laying a bouquet on the stone
Close-up of the stone with flowers