Edinburgh International Book Festival: Top 5 Kids events
Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, Louise Rennison, Doctor Who and Melvin Burgess & Margo Lanagan
This article is from 2012.
Brian Donaldson picks the five things you should take the children to this week
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article is from 2012.
The multi-award-winning author Patrick Ness is one of our leading writers for young adults. His Chaos Walking trilogy is en route to the silver screen and his latest novel, A Monster Calls, has been shortlisted for both the Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway Medals. An incredibly versatile writer, moving with ease from…
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…
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…
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…
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