Library news: artists, authors and athletes

Let the ticket booking frenzy begin! The programme for the Edinburgh International Book Festival is out, and as ever it’s looking good. The ‘Stripped’ strand on comics and graphic novels looks particularly exciting.

Remember though, we’ve got our own author visits programme in libraries which

a) runs all year long and

b) is free

Pru Irvine and Mary ContiniOur latest Edinburgh Reads event featured Volvona and Crolla director Mary Contini and food writer Pru Irvine. As the above picture proves both ladies – and our audience – had an absolute blast. Take a look at our events programme to see what else we’ve got lined up.

Moredun runnersMore happy ladies here. Moredun Library staff and Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre joined forces to put together this team of girls who bravely completed the Race for Life in Holyrood Park, raising lots of money for charity in the process. Not content with this, the group are now planning their next big challenge which will be the Twilight walk round Dalkeith country Estate on 31st August. Good luck girls!

Returning to the Book Festival, as usual we’ll be there to entertain the younger troops with our Bookbug sessions and the ever popular Dr Book – and we’re delighted to say that some of the authors will be leaving their Charlotte Square base to visit children in libraries across the city.

John Fardell for instance. John is author of some terrific books including The Seven Professors of the Far North, The flight of the silver turtle and the wonderful Manfred the Baddie.

Mums and dads might also be familiar with John’s work for The List, The Independent and Viz (The Modern Parents and The Critics) but John’s visit to Central Library on 24th July is most definitely one for his younger fans.

John will show us his picture books and adventure novels, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at his notebooks, rough drafts, artwork and models. He’ll be giving us tips and answering any questions, and there will be an opportunity to join in and draw our own characters, inventions and stories.

We recommend you book online asap.

Finally, anyone coming to Central Library for this event – or any other reason – over the next couple of months is in for an extra bonus treat as the building is currently hosting the Central Inspiration art exhibition.

Central Library is not only the venue for the exhibition, the building and its collections are in fact the inspiration for artworks created by students from Edinburgh College of Art. And believe us these are well worth seeing.

We’ll be blogging more about this over the coming weeks, but in the meantime do try and get along – and see the library in a whole new light.


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