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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is back this August and this year we are delighted to have a number of our brilliant authors holding events.

Public Events

Are you sitting comfortably? – Nick Cope

Sunday 19 August, 10-10.30am
Baillie Gifford Story Box

Join one of our Festival authors each morning for a magical half hour of storytelling, poetry, song or rhyme. This daily changing event is suitable for children of all ages. Appearing today: Nick Cope.

Tickets: FREE – click here to book

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Nick Cope: A Very Silly Sing-along

Sunday 19 August, 1.45-2.45pm
The Spiegeltent

Musician Nick Cope’s performances are legendary and his new series of picture books are soon to be too. Following the ups and downs of daily life for character Joe, the books offer a fresh alternative to traditional children’s tales. If you haven’t heard Nick’s songs or seen his shows before, come and find out what you’ve been missing and enjoy a delightful hour of musical fun and silliness.

Tickets: £5 – click here to book

David Walliams: Big Laughs, chaired by Zeb Soanes

Thursday 23 August, 5-6pm
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Britain’s biggest author, David Walliams, brings his unique sense of humour to the Book Festival as he shares with you his latest hilarious bestseller, Bad Dad. Be inspired to get writing your own funny stories as David explains how he became the fastest growing children’s author in the UK. Author and BBC Radio 4’s Zeb Soanes joins David on stage to tease out his best tales.

Tickets: £5 – click here to book

Picture Books: Introducing Art

Thursday 23 August, 7-8pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

A picture book can be a child’s first experience of art and can be the ideal way to start looking at detailed images. Join award-winning illustrator James Mayhew, in discussion with Linda McClelland from the Scottish National Gallery and author Vivian French from Picture Hooks, which provides opportunities for emerging illustrators, for a fascinating discussion on supporting children to become strong readers and art devotees.

Tickets: £8/£6 – click here to book

Nicola Davies: Shadows and Light

Saturday 25 August, 3.45-4.45pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Hear tales from writer, TV presenter and zoologist Nicola Davies’s new series, Shadows and Light. These fantastic stories explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with nature, setting myths of selkies, wolverines and lost children against the backdrop of wild, untamed landscapes. A must-see event for all nature lovers.

Tickets: £5 – click here to book

Celebrating the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

Sunday 26 August, 3.45-4.45pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is a British literary award which annually recognises distinguished illustration in a children’s book. Today, illustrators Debi Gliori and Petr Horáček, who have both previously been shortlisted for the award, come together with an author of Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted works, Nicola Davies, to discuss the importance and impact of the prize.

Tickets: £5 – click here to book

The Day War Came with Rebecca Cobb & Nicola Davies

Sunday 26 August, 11.45am-12.45pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came and turned your town to rubble. Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb’s groundbreaking new picture book explores the child refugee crisis in a moving and accessible way. Following the long, difficult journey of a child forced to leave behind everything she has ever known, The Day War Came is a necessary tale of our time, presented today by this wonderful author-illustrator duo.

Tickets: £5 – click here to book

Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

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Meet Gaspard the Fox with James Mayhew & Zeb Soanes

Friday 24 August, 10.30-11.30am
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Let author and illustrator team Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew introduce you to Gaspard the Fox, a real urban fox from North London who is the inspiration for their charming new picture book series. Learn all about urban foxes with BBC broadcaster Zeb before illustrator James shows you how to draw them. A lively celebration of foxes in the city and their growing relationship with the humans and animals who share it.

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Animal Artwork with Abbie Cameron & Nicola Davies

Tuesday 28 August, 10.15-11.15am
Garden Theatre

Learn how to draw animals of all shapes and sizes with zoologist and author Nicola Davies and illustrator Abbie Cameron. One of the original presenters on BBC’s The Really Wild Show, Nicola is an expert on the natural world. She shares some incredible animal insights as Abbie shows you how to get started on creating some magnificent animal artwork.