How did this happen? Well, the lovely folks at Edinburgh City of Literature developed a wonderful programme called Story Shop, to showcase the work of new writers in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where a slot has been made available in the very gorgeous Spiegel Tent at 4pm every afternoon.
Reading at the Book Festival features in those fleeting daydreams I have while pegging out the third load of laundry or chiselling old spaghetti welded onto the floor, so this is comes under the heading ‘super cool.’
Here’s the deal:
- When – Saturday 20th August, 4pm
- Where – Spiegel Tent, Book Festival, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
- How long – 15 minutes or so
- Ticketing – Free and unticketed so you can just drop by
Come if you can – I’ll be the ashen-faced lady looking longingly at the bar.
I met the other story shoppers at a workshop* last week and heard excerpts from some: Katie Craig, Roy Gill, Nasim Marie Jafry, RA Martens, Catriona Silvey and Sarah Stewart – I can recommend them all.
There wasn’t enough time for everyone to read but apparently there was a deluge of applications for Story Shop and just seventeen were chosen, so whatever day you go on, you’ll strike lucky. You can see the full line up here.
*This was a masterclass on reading aloud and it completely changed my thinking. I’ll be posting on this soon.