Here’s what’s coming up in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

12th: I’m taking part in the series of Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers series of readings

13th: In the very first event featuring my new book A Secret Diary of the First World War, its illustrator Darren Gate and I will be talking – and he will be drawing – in the children’s programme.

21st: Illustrator Darren Gate and I will be giving A Secret Diary of the First World War an outing as part of the Baillie Gifford Schools’ Programme.

20th: Physics teacher Jennie Hargreaves and I will be rifling through some great science books to use in the classroom to help make science teaching as much fun for staff as for pupils.

25th: I’m leading a Reading Workshop event on Dorothy Dunnet’s The Game of Kings. Some along and dive in with your theory of what really makes Francis Crawford of Lymond tick…

26th: Gothic ‘Unbound’ in the Spiegeltent… OR … Night of the Literary Undead. Novelist Marcus Sedgewick and gothic expert Dr Sam George go head to head to argue whether Dracula or Frankenstein’s creature is the better monster. Then Gill Arbuthnott and Doug MacDonald transform the Spiegeltent into the village of Losthope, currently in the grip of a nasty outbreak of vampirism. Join their live game experience and swap your ‘blood serum’ with the other villagers to find out if you are a vampire – or could you be Dracula?









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