Today I made the pilgrimage to the annual August mecca of literature, the Edinburgh Book Festival. Today was a very special part of the festival, the Baillie Gifford Gala Day, when the kids take over!
I arrived to sunny skies, which I was (contractually) assured was the norm for Scotland.
I made my way into the grounds, buzzing with school trips of kids eager to hear from authors (or at least have a few hours out of school).
I browsed the wonderfully stocked children’s book shop, and found some friends. Here’s Jonny Duddle, fresh from his pirate event:
And I spotted the wonderful Moira Young’s final Dustlands Book on strong display.
And then after enough procrastinating, started my event. I shared the inspiration behind Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie and challenged the students’ stereotypes about zombies (hey, #WeNeedDiverseBooks) and asked them to draw their own zombie self portraits.
Finally, I had a chance to meet the students and sign some books.
They were a great group and the event was amazing, something that introduces the people behind the books to young readers. I hope to be back next year!
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