Edinburgh International Book Festival: Top 5 Kids events

This article is from 2012

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Top 5 Kids events

Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, Louise Rennison, Doctor Who and Melvin Burgess & Margo Lanagan

Brian Donaldson picks the five things you should take the children to this week

Patrick Ness

With A Monster Calls, Ness is cementing his already burgeoning reputation as a must-read author for the 12-16 group. When this book about a boy dealing with his mother’s battle against cancer won him the Carnegie Medal, Ness said the experience was ‘extremely humbling, and a little unnerving’.

3-16 Aug, 5pm, £7 (£5).

Michael Morpurgo

As if he wasn’t doing well enough, the success of War Horse has taken things to another level for the former Children’s Laureate. Here, he discusses the process of having another of his books, Private Peaceful being adapted for the big screen.

3-17 Aug, 5pm, £4.50.

Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream is the latest adventure in the Tallulah Casey series and features more delirious chaos at Dother Hall performing arts college.

3-18 Aug, 2pm, £4.50.

Doctor Who

The Who cult shows little sign of cooling off and this event features Jenny Colgan (who has written the new Time Lord book, Dark Horizon) and sci-fi author Steve Cole to discuss just why the Doctor continues to get right under our skin.

3-19 Aug, 8pm, £4.50.

Melvin Burgess & Margo Lanagan

Writing for young adults might occasionally mean touching on some dark materials and these two have had their fair share of both plaudits and brickbats.

3-20 Aug, 6.30pm, £4.50.

Doctor Who: Dark Horizon with Jenny Colgan & Steve Cole

The new BBC Doctor Who book Dark Horizons, written by bestselling author Jenny Colgan, has our hero arriving on the Western Isles to play on the famous Lewis chess set. But not everything goes to plan… Join Jenny and sci-fi author Steve Cole, who has worked for the BBC on the merchandising for Doctor Who as well as…

Melvin Burgess & Margo Lanagan

Meet two of the most controversial authors writing for young adults today. Melvin Burgess and Margo Lanagan have both been criticised for the explicit nature of some of their work, in particular Doing It by Melvin and Tender Morsels by Margo, novels that reflect elements of life all too familiar to today’s teenagers. Come…

Louise Rennison

It’s a new term at Dother Hall performing arts college and Tallulah Casey can’t wait to see her friends again (or the boys from Woolfe Academy). This time, the bright lights of Broadway seem to be calling but for who? The effervescent Louise Rennison brings you her new book A Midsummer Tights Dream and talks bonkers…

Michael Morpurgo

It’s been a crazy couple of years for Michael Morpurgo, following the success on stage and screen of his acclaimed novel War Horse. Come and hear Michael talk about his life, his work, Oscars and Spielberg. He also discusses Private Peaceful, the latest of his novels to be adapted and the process involved. Afterwards, you…

Patrick Ness

The writer discusses and signs copies of his latest novel Release. American author Patrick Ness writes short stories, screenplays and novels, for both adults and children. His books include The Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls, which was adapted into a 2017 film starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and…

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