Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Interesting meetings at Edbookfest!

I had a lovely audience at my Edinburgh Book Festival event, lots of great questions and it was
good to chat to some of the young readers afterwards in the signing tent.

One young lady said she was half way through Don't Judge Me and was really enjoying it but she already knew who had started the fire in the story.

When she told me who she thought it was, I suggested that she might change her mind as she read further on!

After my event I was going to be away for the rest of the first week of the book festival, tutoring a course for adults on Writing for Children at the Arvon Foundation Writer's Centre in beautiful Monick Mhor near Inverness, but more about that in my next blog.

In the second week of the book festival I had some interesting times.

I went to listen to Sophie MacKenzie who I was to be speaking with at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in September.

I was keen to hear her speaking about her latest YA novel Split Second. It was fascinating and her audience were obviously keen fans of her books.

I also had some interesting moments in the Author's Yurt, the 'green room'.  You never quite know who you will meet there.

These characters were perhaps stranger than most, although they did seem friendly!

I also met up two excellent writers Liz Kessler and Joanna Nadin and I went to listen to them talking about their very different books.
They were being introduced by Julie Gamble from Blackwells Bookshop.
Joanna Nadin and Liz Kessler
Jo Nadin, Liz Kessler and Julie Gamble
With Cat Clarke

Afterwards we all had fun catching up in the lovely sunshine outside the Yurt, where we were joined by local Edinburgh YA writer Cat Clarke.

Nicola Morgan was looking far too serious. I wondered if she was trying to work up a bit of a spell here, so I had to take a picture!

Not sure if it was the glorious sunshine this year but it seemed as if everyone was in playful mood!

Francesca Simon

Lots of fun was had by all until, for another year, the Edinburgh International Book festival drew to a close.

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