Macmillan Children’s Books: Events at Edinburgh International Book Festival

It all kicks off today in Edinburgh for a fortnight of book-related events. Macmillan Children’s Books will be part of the action with a great line-up of authors appearing at the festival. The first day of festivities on August 10th sees Andrew Lane and Andy Mulligan discussing the role of science in their writing.  Looking ahead to Sunday 11th, you’d need to have snapped up tickets quickly to be in with a chance of seeing Julia Donaldson, as her ‘From Worms to Wizards to Weans’ event has now sold out.

Fans of the popular musical should come along on Monday 12th to hear how Frank Cottrell-Boyce made Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fly again. Young readers of the Rastamouse books can meet the creators Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster on Tuesday 13th as they unveil a brand new picture book. Tuesday also brings another opportunity to meet Julia Donaldson as she introduces fans to her ‘Unconventional Characters’ including Freddie the Fairy and Princess Mirror-Belle.

Lydia Monks is an illustrator known to many children and has collaborated with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough and Julia Donaldson. On Friday 16th, she’ll be talking about her picture books and no doubt will be giving lots of drawing tips.

Although Emily Gravett’s Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts event for younger children is now sold out on Saturday 17th, there’s an opportunity for 12-16 year olds to meet authors Frances Hardinge and China Mieville. They’ll be discussing creating alternative worlds in their writing. Later that day, there’s another chance to see China Mieville taking part in an Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference Event.

If you’ve ever wondered how a writer and illustrator work together, look no more. Julia Donaldson and three of her illustrators discuss how - with their distinct styles - the illustrators interpret Julia’s writing. There’ll be live drawing too at this event on Sunday 18th August.

On 19th August, hear from another Julia Donaldson illustrator, Rebecca Cobb. Rebecca - who illustrated The Paper Dolls - talks about her new book Lunchtime. Find out what happens when a little girl, a bear, wolf and crocodile cross paths one lunchtime. Also on Monday 19th, young adult readers can find out more about the growth of teen fiction in a Beyond Boundaries panel discussion with Sita Brahmachari, Tanya Byrne and Keith Gray.

If you’re in town on Tuesday 20th August, join author Gwyneth Rees and meet the quirky characters from her My Super Sister series. Could your sibling have superpowers? For older readers, if you’re a teenager who loves dystopian fiction, you won’t want to miss author Julie Bertagna, Claire Merle and Teri Terry as they Deconstruct Dystopia on Wed 21st.

Macmillan’s final author event of the festival sees Elizabeth Laird and Sally Nicholls explore the role and importance of historical novels on Sat 24th August.