Perhaps I could – temporarily – start a very small school? That way I could book seats for me and about three pupils to attend as many of the rather interesting looking school events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as possible.
I’m doomed whatever I do, as there are too many events, and some of them happen simultaneously (and I don’t), but it’d be nice to go to some of them.
This year’s programme is available online now, for anyone who wants to have a look, and to daydream a bit.
Anthony McGowan is coming, and will be talking about his fantastic Brock and Pike books, alongside Patrice Lawrence, on Urban Grit. It’d be worth getting out of bed that early for. I’ve realised why Vivian French scares me so much. She has written 300 books! She’ll be talking about [one of] her latest, Alfie Onion. Jennifer Downham and Annabel Pitcher sound like a duo made in heaven.
Lynne Rickards will talk about her Puffling, and Gill Lewis is bringing her Puppy Academy with her. Keren David and Alex Wheatle will be doing diversity [duck!], while on the same day there is going to be LGBT theatre on offer.
Miriam Halahmy will bring her emergency war time zoo, and Gill Arbuthnott and Nick Armstrong are offering A Beginner’s Guide to Electricity, which sounds more fun than you’d think. A bit of Shakespeare or some terrorism, with Tony Bradman and Tom Morgan-Jones, or Alan Gibbons and Brian Conaghan respectively.
Sarah Govett, Tanya Landman and Anne Cassidy should all be pretty good, and on the last day Debi Gliori, Philip Ardagh and Barry Hutchison will be let lose in Charlotte Square.
And countless others. I suppose we could always just agree to hang around, hoping to catch sight of all these lovely authors…