3/4), I started to feel a bit nervous. The stomach butterflies weren't helped by the family of messy tuna eaters, either. But I shall cut at once to the authors' yurt--all domed canvas roofs and exotic carpets, where I fitted in right away with my lucky red coat.
Outreach is a fantastic scheme, taking Festival authors out to local schools (which might otherwise miss out). As an official EIBF author, you get given the chance to opt in or out. I opted in (always up for anything that helps to get books to kids). Which is how I found myself speeding along country roads in a taxi. My destination was Kirkliston Library, and the P5 class of Kirkliston Primary. Author nerves were at their most tightly wound...would the PowerPoint work? (It did, thanks to the fab Colm Linnane, Reading Champion of the Edinburgh City Library & Information Service.) These kids were brighter than shiny buttons--and they were well prepared for a foray into the ancient world (not always the case). There wasn't much wriggling, and the questions were focused and intelligent. They'd even emailed me beforehand (though there was a slight mix-up in the spelling of the word book, involving a misplaced 'b', which made me wonder for a second whether I'd been spammed!).
Part 2: Edinburgh International Book Festival - The Author is Wrangled is here