Top 5 kids shows at Edinburgh Book Festival 2010
The festival’s last lap features some iconic characters, authors and places
This article is from 2010.
Along with Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, JD’s first event contains an impressive amount of songs, stories and drawings, while event number two is a solo affair in which she will regale the nippers and their guardians with a tale of a hairy mammoth and a cheeky baby going on a thrilling ride.
28 & 29 Aug, 10am, £4.
Exploring Neverland/Peter Pan
A pair of events connected by JM Barrie’s most famous creation. Exploring Neverland is an interactive workshop run by Rachel Hazell that takes us deep into a world of wildness and lagoons while Peter Pan has Julie Dawson helping kids create their own illustrations of this 150-year-old story.
27 Aug, 5.30pm/30 Aug, 12.30pm, £4.
So, what was the world’s greatest-ever sleuth like as a teenager? You have to imagine he was pretty precocious. Author Andrew Lane hosts this elementary discussion into Holmes’ past.
28 Aug, 10am, £4.
The author of Skellig and The Fire Eaters launches My Name is Mina and chats about his inspirations before making his contribution to the Book Festival’s Elsewhere concept alongside Elizabeth Laird.
29 Aug, 3pm, 6pm, £4.
What is it about Horrid Henry that makes him so, well, horrid? Why can’t he be more like Perfect Peter? Then again, that might make for pretty dull storytelling, something which is utterly alien to Francesca Simon.
29 Aug, 1.30pm, £4.
Join all-time favourite Julia Donaldson for a hairy mammoth tale with a cheeky little baby who takes a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a laughing hyena and even, just maybe, a big brown bear... But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby's…
David Almond & Elizabeth Laird
Anywhere but here, that’s all we asked. We specially commissioned world-class writers to tell a story about somewhere that isn’t their home. It could be Mars or purgatory or the land of the Fey. It could be Hong Kong or Falkirk. David Almond and Elizabeth Laird discuss the process of delving into the alien territory of…
“’Second to the right, and straight on til morning’. That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland”. Rediscover J M Barrie’s miraculous and fantastical word in this interactive workshop. Join artist Rachel Hazell for a voyage into the wilds and lagoons of this timeless place and create your own scenes of…
Creator of the infamous Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon tells us all about the mischievous and naughty carry-on which keeps our friend Henry oh so, so busy. Find out who is the boss in this horrid world and come prepared for the cheekiest tales you will ever come across!
AGE 5 - 9
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
This energetic double act has put together an extravagant party of toe-tapping songs, play-along stories and ever-changing drawings. Creators of some fantastic animals, including the world’s favourite Gruffalo, Julia and Axel offer a rollercoaster ride through your favourite characters.
FAMILIES & 5+
Meet David Almond
Skellig fans please queue up! Carnegie Medal winner, Whitbread Award winner (twice) and now recipient of the prestigious 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award (phew!), David Almond’s star shines ever brighter. Come and meet him as he talks about his books, what sorts of things make him put pen to paper and his new…
Young Sherlock with Andrew Lane
Summer is about to get very exciting with the launch of Young Sherlock Holmes. What was the greatest-detective-in-the-world-ever like as a teenager? Well… he was busy uncovering his first murder and dealing with his eccentric family. Author Andrew Lane leads a not-so-elementary event full of mystery.