The Borders first book festival created exclusively for young people saw more than one thousand under 18s enjoy meeting and working with seven very different authors. Events took place in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles High School, different primary schools and Peebles library. Called read-a- licious, the festival ran from Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 November and celebrated both Peebles Creative Place 2014 and Book Week Scotland.
The authors taking part were Kenneth Steven who said “it was a sheer joy to read and tell stories with primary school classes”, Lari Don, Dan Freedman, Vivian French, Lilian Ross, Barry Hutchison and Emily Dodd. In addition, illustrator Dave Sutton held a character creation workshop. He said: “Thanks to everyone who came along ... laughed at my drawings and created such amazingly idiosyncratic, wonderful and personal characters – AND gave them stories!” Dave also illustrated many of the sessions including Boogie with Books for pre-school kids and Barry Hutchison’s Eastgate Theatre session when Barry explained the best thing about being a writer: “Well, I get to sit around and imagine a lot. I spend one hour writing and six hours imagining.”
And anyone expecting a book festival to be quiet and studious was in for a huge surprise as children interacted with the writers, sang in Scots with writer/performer Lilian Ross, danced with Alex Emerson at Boogie with Books, created a sound tunnel full of spooky sounds with Moira Morrison and generated a huge rhythm section playing on over 35 drums led by Nomad Beat’s Alison Cameron. Great fun all round!
Update: read-a-licious 2015 takes place from 24 -28 November.