“Break the Rules of Writing” | Adventures at Edinburgh Book Festival

One of the perks of living in Scotland is that every August I can travel to Edinburgh to  go and see some authors when the Edinburgh Book Festival is on and this year was no exception. After lots of stress trying to get tickets which you can learn more about here and a long wait for it to start I can now tell you all about my adventures at the Edinburgh Book Festival!

Trip 1

Day 1 of the book festival and Kayleigh, Bethany and I went to go see David Levithan! Sally Gardner was also supposed to attend the event but sadly couldn’t make it. After forgetting that it was rush hour and a Saturday we spent a stressful train ride trying to stay standing in a pact train where we acted very British and stayed on the train till the last stop because we didn’t want to push past everyone #VeryBritishProblems

We had some lovely lunch at Gourmet Burger Kitchen where we had probably the tastiest milkshake I have ever drank in my life before we had a saunter round the bookshops and finally went to see David Levithan. There David discussed his new book Another Day the sequel/ side along to Everyday as well as several YA issues and advice for all of us guests/ audience.  I had a great time. The sun was shining David was hilarious and brilliant and we managed to get seats on the train home (After we got lost but that’s another story).



The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

Trip 2

Day 4 of the book festival saw me and Kayleigh returning to go and see two events this time. There was rain, naturally for Scotland, that meant running through the streets not being able to see out of our hoods and hoping we didn’t crash into anyone. We then had a nice lunch in Wetherspoons “Spoons” and then headed back for trip 2 to the bookshops, there were less people there this time than on Saturday and there was a bit more room to browse and read. Finally it was time to go see our second event which involved two great writers called Kat/ Cat. Both seem like very lovely people and after listening to them read a chapter each I can’t wait to read both books. We also attended an event called Stepping Away From the Edge where psychologist … and authors Debi Gliori and … discussed Depression and Suicide.

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When Sky falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning – until she shows up three months later like nothing happened.

Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, where whispers of murder and kidnapping begin to reveal the town’s secrets. But Sky’s not the only one digging up the past – the old mime from the circus knows what happened to her, and he has more than one reason for keeping quiet about it.

     Blackfin Sky is nominated in the First Book Awards. (Well Done Kat!) 

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When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.


Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

Trip 3

Finally, nearing the end of the festival Kayleigh and I returned for the last time and after catching some lunch and eating delicious sundaes we took one more trip round the bookshops where we found the signed YA books! Can’t believe we never spotted them on our previous trips and we stayed right there looking at them all before going to see the final talk for Roy Gill and Paul Magrs where they discussed their new books and gave some advice to budding writers in the audience including my favourite one “Break the Rules of Writing”.


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Now if you were on Twitter on Wednesday you might have been witness to ‘K’ and I being stuck in a train station for an hour and whatever happened, let’s say sugar rush during that time. If you did I am sorry.


  Well that’s all for this year at the Edinburgh Book Festival but next year we will definitely be back and this time hopefully Kira is coming as well!

What about all of you. Did anyone go this year? If so what was your favourite part?


7 thoughts on ““Break the Rules of Writing” | Adventures at Edinburgh Book Festival

  1. Favourite part? Hmm David not being able to remember John Green’s last name and us freaking out before going into the imagination lab thinking we had to write something 😂😂 such a fun 2 weeks. Thanks again for getting the tickets – looking forward to next year (I promise I’ll start to practice quickly hitting buttons 😂😂)

      1. Yup I agree! Between the 2 of us we should be able to get a bunch of tickets. I already have a list of my dream author line-up and this years festival isn’t even finished yet 😂

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