Spent yesterday going to London to talk to a man who's interested in the possibility of making a television documentary based around my book - not as a biopic of McTell but centred on the people and places encountered when I was researching the book in Georgia. We'll just have to see how it goes.
The film-maker and I met to discuss it inside the British Library, and after our meeting I had a look around "Sacred", the special exhibition they have on at the moment, which is a comparative look at the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, and especially the works created by them - sumptuously decorated bibles, for example, some of which were over a thousand years old. It was a special thrill for me to see yer actual Great Bible of 1539, edited by Coverdale (c.1488-1569), which I had cited and quoted from briefly in Song & Dance Man III.
After about half an hour, electronic shrieking sounded and everyone had to leave. No-one knew why. I phoned today to ask, and was told it was a test of the fire alarms. I have no complaint personally: I was ready to leave anyway, and had an umbrella with me, but it seems uncivilised - unBritishLibrary, indeed - that they chose to test the alarms while it was pouring with rain, thus forcing many in the enormous throng emerging from the building to get soaked as well as to abandon their work.