This weekend sees the start of one of Edinburgh's most successful events, the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
It's hard to believe that it was only in 1983 that it began, given its current scale. Locals have become used to the annual sight of its large tented village based in Charlotte Square at the West End.
Entry is actually free, although of course there's a charge for most of the ticketed events, and even if the event for your favourite author is sold out (a lot are already) it's still worth while paying a visit if only to soak up the circus-like atmosphere.
And there's a large subsidiary section for kids, the Baillie Gifford tent. I've never actually taken one of my grandchildren to an event, but if they say it's for kids aged up to 3 years, then it will be. It'll be short at least!
Why not check it out? Who knows who you might bump into?