Gilleasbuig Ferguson, who specialises in selling antiquarian books, has another talent – swimming! When he leaves The Skye Book Festival, where he has been exhibiting his rare and collectible books, he will be swimming from Kyleakin to Kyle. “I'm so glad it's warmer today!” he grins.
Perhaps the swim will help him relax after an intensive three day festival, where visitors were able to enjoy viewing his collection of rare books, many of which are so rare that they cannot be obtained online.
Gilleasbuig has always been interested in antiquarian books, saying: “I love the way they are made, the historical value and the publishing history of the authors. That's all something I'm very interested in.”
Most of what Gilleasbuig sells is non-fiction, as that is his particular field of interest – however, a notable novel for sale is a first-edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me..
Gilleasbuig became involved in The Skye Book Festival after he heard about it from the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association and he has very much enjoyed being present. The 2015 festival has been a most exciting event, encouraging visitors to embrace their inner bookworm, celebrate the Gaelic culture and enhance their appreciation for rare books.
To see more of Gilleasbuig's stock, you can visit him at Tigh na Mara, Skeabost Bridge, Isle of Skye or view his website at www.gilleasbuig.co.uk.