The first ever International Dorothy Dunnett Day, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings, was held on Saturday 15 October 2011 with readers gathering in locations around the world at 1 pm local time to toast the author. Meetings were held in Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Costa Del Sol and many other places.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, USA
New York, USA
Belgium, Spain, Seattle, and Madison, Wisconsin
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Olive and Kelly DePonte
Gloucester, Avon and Oxford, England
The first International Dorothy Dunnett Day will be celebrated near Roman Corinium – otherwise known as Cirencester. We shall be meeting in the Fleece Inn, Dyer Street at 12 noon and raising a toast at 13:00 to 50 years of Dorothy Dunnett literature, to Dorothy Dunnett, to the Dorothy Dunnett Society and to all the many Dunnett readers around the world. We’ll be ordering pub grub, and in the afternoon may visit Cirencester’s Roman Amphitheatre and Museum. Drop an email to Simon Hedges to register an interest or for more information. Ave Dorothy!
South Ontario, Canada
Dunnett readers from British Columbia (and Alberta and Yukon, we hope) will be gathering on October 15th to celebrate Dorothy Dunnett, her writings, the Dorothy Dunnett Society, and all the friends we have discovered through reading these wonderful books. We will commemorate the first International Dorothy Dunnett Day with food and drinks and talk and fun, and at 1:00pm we will join with other Dunnett fans in toasting the Lady who has given us 50 years of passionate engagement with her writing and her readers. The welcome will be hearty, but our venue arrangements are still tentative. Please e-mail me (Susanne Lloyd) so I can keep you posted.
Jayne and Adrian Smith
South Texas, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Susan and Joseph Silverman
International Dorothy Dunnett Day on 15 October will be marked in Edinburgh at Dorothy’s commemorative stone in the Makars’ Courtyard beside the Writers’ Museum off the Royal Mile, followed by lunch. Please join us at 12 noon when we shall commemorate Dorothy and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Game of Kings with a simple flower ceremony. All members and friends are welcome.
If you would also like to attend lunch afterwards please let Ann McMillan know by 20th September so that she can make bookings.
Update 9 Oct: If members will now meet at the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge at 10.30 am, Robin Smith has arranged for a private showing of some of the archives relating to The Game of Kings. Robin can accommodate 15 people in the small room, which is the number of members booked. Please contact me if you are able to manage this earlier time, and for more information. For security reasons the Library will require the names of those attending. I am sorry about the late arrangement but this was unavoidable.
If you would like to meet up with other Dunnett folk for a drink/lunch/chat and, most importantly, to raise a glass to Lady Dunnett at 13:00 on the first International Dorothy Dunnett Day, please join us in Fifth View at Waterstone’s on Piccadilly from 12:30 on Saturday 15 October. We’d love to meet new people as well as to catch up with old friends. For further information, please contact Jenny Francis.