August has arrived! For Edinburgh and us here at Barrington Stoke that means a month jam-packed full of fun and excitement. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is approaching fast, so we thought we would point you in the direction of all the wonderful events featuring our incredibly talented authors and illustrators. Here’s who you can find at this year’s festival…
Phil Earle will be talking all things Fathers and Sons at his event on Sunday, August 13th from 10.30am – 11.30am. Phil will be reading from his fun family superhero stories, including SuperDad’s Day Off, and sharing his inspirations for these unusual characters. The event is for ages 7-10 and tickets can be bought here for £5.00.
Vivian French has many, many events at this year’s festival, and two of them are on her new picture book, The Covers of My Book are too Far Apart! (and other grumbles). First up is a family event for ages 5 and up all about busting the myths that surround reading. Expect fun, stories and lots of participation in the perfect event for getting your young ones into the Book Festival spirit! This event is on Sunday, August 13th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 and can be purchased here. Vivian’s next event is one for the grown-ups. On Monday, August 28th from 5.30pm – 6.00pm, Vivian will be joined by Alison Murray and Dr Claire Cassidy to discuss how picture books can be used to introduce philosophy to children. They’ll be looking at all the ways that picture books can stimulate curiosity and help your little ones ask the big questions. Tickets for this event are £8.00 (£6.00 concession) and can be bought here.
Carnegie Medallist Tanya Landman will be joined by comedian Reginald D Hunter for the Little White Lies event on Thursday, August 17th from 2.15pm – 3.15pm. They’ll be discussing Tanya’s historical novels including the incredible novella Passing for White, and the bigger picture of the history of slavery that still haunts the USA today. This is set to be a thought-provoking event and one not to miss. You can buy your tickets here for £12.00 (£10.00 concession).
Illustrator Emma Shoard and award-winning Irish singer Geraldine Bradley will be bringing the beautiful tale of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd to life with a spellbinding performance combining Irish traveller songs and live-drawing. A moving and inspiring family event for ages 8 and up. It takes place on Thursday, August 24th from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Tickets are £5.00 and you can get yours here.
See you there!