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July 29, 2014
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Attention book lovers! It’s that time of year again and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is right around the corner. For two weeks some of the UK’s top authors will be taking over central Edinburgh in a tented village specially created for the event and many of your favourite Random House authors will be amongst them. From Jacqueline Wilson to John Boyne, Michael Morpurgo and many more you do not want to miss out on this fantastic line up.

Jacqueline Wilson

Paws and Whiskers

Jacqueline Wilson’s gift for writing has won her legions of fans. This year she introduces Paws and Whiskers, a special collection of stories about cats and dogs. It includes Leonie’s Pet Cat, a brand new story by Jacqueline, plus extracts from treasured classics and personal pieces from well known writers about their own treasured pets. Please note: There will not be a book signing after this event. Suitable for ages 8 – 12

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Time: 11:30 Place: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre Buy tickets here

Nick Sharratt

You Choose

Join much-loved, award-winning Nick Sharratt, known for his popular picture books such as You Choose and Just Imagine, and find out exactly how he creates them, from coming up with the ideas to drawing the amazing illustrations. He’ll show you how to create a character on the page and share some of his very best drawing tips. Expect fun and games and plenty of chances to join in. Suitable for ages 5 – 8

Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014 Time: 10:30 Place: ScottishPower Foundation Studio Buy tickets here

Janey Louise Jones

Princess Poppy Let's Dance

Poppy loves dressing up, ballet dancing and playing fairy princesses with her best friend Honey. She even has her own cookbook. Join Janey Louise Jones, author of the charming Princess Poppy series, to find out more about writing stories fit for a princess. Tiaras and tutus welcome! Suitable for ages 4 – 7

Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014 Time: 13:30 Place: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab Buy tickets here

Theresa Breslin

Ghost Soldier

There are many awards that recognise excellence in children’s literature, but do they encourage young people to read more widely? Join award-winning writer Theresa Breslin, Carnegie Medal-shortlisted author William Sutcliffe, Costa Children’s Book Award-winner Moira Young and Joy Court, chair of the Carnegie Medal Working Party, to hear about the importance of book awards in the world of reading and writing for young people. Suitable for ages 12+

Date: Wednesday 13th August 2014 Time: 17:00 Place: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre Buy tickets here

John Boyne

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Following his bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne has written a moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War. Paul Dowswell joins him with Eleven Eleven, which is set just before the 11am armistice on 11 November 1918 and follows the stories of a German stormtrooper, a US airman and a British Tommy – all just teenagers. Friendship, love, family and understanding are at the heart of these affecting books – come and hear more. Suitable for ages 10 – 14

Date: Wednesday 20th August 2014 Time: 17:00 Place: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre Buy tickets here

Matt Haig

Echo Boy

Matt Haig and Marcus Sedgwick are authors who refuse to be categorised. Both have written humorous, slightly anarchic stories for children, dark thrillers for teens and novels for adults. Echo Boy by Matt Haig is an unnerving, futuristic vision where cyborgs have developed intelligence; She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick features one of fiction’s most resourceful young heroines journeying to New York in search of her missing father. Both are simply brilliant. Suitable for ages 14+

Date: Thursday 21st August 2014 Time: 17:00 Place: Baillie Gifford Corner TheatreBuy tickets here

Mitchell Symons

Happily Never After

Mitchell Symons presents Happily Never After, a wickedly funny modern take on Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Verses. Featuring a true rogue’s gallery of horrid kids who hit the skids, subjects include Bill, whose ability to fart ended in tears, and Tiffany, who couldn’t put down her mobile phone and died a horrible death. An entertaining and unforgettable insight into the disturbing mind of Mitchell Symons. Suitable for ages 9 – 12

Date: Friday 22nd August 2014 Time: 15:00 Place: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab Buy tickets here

Steve Cole

Secret Agent Mummy

Steve Cole, author of the hugely popular Astrosaurs books presents his hilarious new action series, Secret Agent Mummy. When Niall sees a strange figure wrapped in bandages creeping around his house he has no idea how his life is about to change; enter Special Agent Mummy, a 007 from 7BC. Expect plenty of laughs along with real stories about ancient Egypt and hieroglyphic code-breaking puzzles. Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Friday 22nd August 2014 Time: 16:00 Place: Royal Bank Of Scotland Garden Theatre Buy tickets here

Malorie Blackman

Noughts And Crosses

Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman is renowned for her un-put-downable stories which turn gritty, real life issues on their heads and, by using fiction as a vehicle to inspire young readers, she raises awareness of important topics. In conversation with the Guardian’s Julia Eccleshare, Blackman examines human rights in fiction, discussing the themes integral to her books and sharing her inspiration.

Date: Friday 22nd August 2014 Time: 19:00 Place: ScottishPower Foundation Studio Buy tickets here

Mitchell Symons

Happily Never After

Taking a close look at a classic text, our workshop today is Mitchell Symons with Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales. Written as a parody of the cautionary verses used to admonish children and popular in the 19th century, they are a litany of grotesque youngsters who come, on the whole, to a sticky end. Expect an open discussion from the start: you can either read the work ahead of the event or be inspired to pick it up afterwards.

Date: Friday 23rd August 2014 Time: 11:00 Place: The Writers’ Retreat Buy tickets here

Malorie Blackman

Noughts And Crosses

As Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman is ‘banging the drum’ for young adult literature so this is the teen event not to be missed! She discusses her powerful and controversial teen books, sharing the inspiration behind her bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and explaining what impelled her to tackle politics in her latest novel, Noble Conflict. Suitable for ages 12 – 15

Date: Friday 23rd August 2014 Time: 12:00 Place: ScottishPower Foundation Studio Buy tickets here

Michael Morpurgo

Only Remembered

Only Remembered is a timeless and seminal anthology of First World War literature for children, edited by Michael Morpurgo and featuring artwork from renowned illustrator Ian Beck. Join Michael to hear more about this remarkable collection, which includes contributions from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures. Suitable for families and ages 8+

Date: Friday 23rd August 2014 Time: 13:30 Place: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre Buy tickets here

Janey Louise Jones

Princess Poppy Let's Dance

Poppy loves dressing up, ballet dancing and playing fairy princesses with her best friend Honey. She even has her own cookbook. Join Janey Louise Jones, author of the charming Princess Poppy series, to find out more about writing stories fit for a princess. Tiaras and tutus welcome! Suitable for ages 4 – 7

Date: Friday 23rd August 2014 Time: 16:30 Place: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab Buy tickets here

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