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August brings a chock-a-block month for us here at Barrington Stoke, full of excitement and fun at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. We have plenty going on, so here is the run-down of all the fantastic events where you can find our wonderfully talented authors and illustrators! 

Guy Bass brings you dinosaurs with a twist as he shares his quirky prehistoric tales at his event on Saturday, 11th August from 12.15pm – 1.15pm. Featuring Noah Escape Can’t Stop Repeating Himself, Bass takes you on a Jurassic adventure and explores his fascination with the extinct species. This event is for ages 7-10 and tickets can be bought here for £5.00.

Alexander McCall Smith will be sharing his recent tales at this exciting event with illustrator Iain McIntosh, on Sunday, August 12th from 12.15pm – 1.15pm. Join Alexander for a captivating hour of storytelling, featuring Hari and His Electric Feet, and discover what inspires the celebrated author. The event is for ages 8-12 and tickets can be bought for £5.00 here.

Join Jonathan Meres as he celebrates his lovely Little Gem tales, Grandpa was an Astronaut and Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe, at his event on Monday, 13th August from 10.00am – 10.45am. Come along and share the fun and laughter! This event is for ages 5-8. Tickets can be bought here for £5.00.

Come along to an insightful event addressing the dyslexia question and how to get children into reading, on Wednesday, 15th August from 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Featuring author-illustrator Lucy Volpin and our own Vivian French, we’ll be there discussing the gifts and challenges of dyslexia – much like The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart! Stick around for one-to-one advice and book recommendations in the book clinic afterwards. You can buy your tickets here for £8.00 (£6.00 concessions).

Elizabeth Wein joins a panel of award-winning authors at this event to investigate the world of writing for children and teens, on Saturday, 18th August from 12.15pm – 1.15pm. Discussing everything from finding mythical inspiration, to introducing history through captivating characters, to opening young minds to fantastical worlds. Wein will be calling on her latest brave, historically driven book, Firebird. This event is for ages 10-14 and tickets can be bought for £5.00 here.


Sally Nicholls sends out mixed messages about her latest tale for little readers, The Great Telephone Mix Up, at this event on Friday, 24th August from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Make new connections with Nicholls as she unravels the chaos of villagers when their telephone wires get crossed after a storm. This event is for ages 5-8 and tickets can be bought here for £5.00.

Meet Phillip Ardagh and Tom Morgan-Jones, the duo behind the hilarious Norman the Norman series, at their event on Monday, August 27th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm. This will undoubtedly be a marvelously mad medieval event, featuring their books Norman the Norman from Normandy and Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess. This event is for ages 7-10. Join the mayhem by buying tickets for £5.00 here.

Kaye Umansky takes you on magical and daring adventures at her marvellously mischievous event on Monday, August 27th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Get set for an entertaining hour of storytelling, featuring Kaye’s most recent tale, The Knights and the Best Quest. This event is for ages 5-8 and perfect for adventurous young minds. Tickets can be bought here for £5.00.

See you in Charlotte Square!

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