We’re opening for submissions for the 3rd Edinburgh eBook Festival.
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We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Festival. Virtually.
All good things must come to an end. It’s true. In a mere 9 hours the 2nd Edinburgh ebook festival will officially be OVER. Time to climb back onto the bookshelf. So make the most of it while you can. Brace yourself for one last, slightly shortened day of festival fun. When it’s over it’s over. And that moment is 8pm tonight. Are you still playing catch up?
This morning we start at 11am with a look at the man behind McStorytellers and McVoices – Brendan Gisby
At 12, High noon, we finally find out what happened to Derek the Weathersheep. I hope. That’s if the animals live up to their promise to return him. If it was the animals who kidnapped him. There may be another story entirely. Life’s like that.
At 12.30 we remind you that it’s your last chance to get your hands on the Festival Goody Bag. It closes at 6pm.
And from 1pm we give you an extended chance to have your own say. Feedback for the festival will be greatly appreciated. Those who are not bursting to comment will be happy at the extra time to ‘catch up’ on the live events they missed. Time’s running out…
At 3pm Cally Phillips shares the final part of her festival long ‘dramatic journey.’ Applause. Curtain call. Black out. Don’t forget to download the enhanced ebook from THE GOODY BAG.
At 5pm Jack MacRoary gives us his festival round up – because his mum says he has to.
At 6pm the final author behind the narrator answers ‘the questions’. And as a nice way to come full circle, today it’s Stuart Ayris, who opened the festival, talking about his Frugality Trilogy.
And at 7pm. Drum roll. Virtual fireworks. Closing the festival we have Peter Tarnofsky, launching his short story collection Everything Turns out Just Fine.
And then, it’s OVER. We hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you all next August
The final weekend. All too soon we’ll have to leave virtuality behind and get back to reality. Is it still out there? Don’t worry about that yet, because you’ve still got time to catch up on what you’ve missed and to enjoy what’s still to come and we countdown to the end of the festival when, as Peter Tarnofsky assures us, Everything will turn out Just Fine! And there’s a host of FREE ebooks on offer today in the event slots. So if you’ve worked your way through the Goody Bag already, here’s more for you!
Today we start at 11am with the final McStory. Cally Phillips’ Jings,Crivens, help ma Boab it’s Independence finds a startling likeness between Oor Wullie and a more famous ‘eck’.
At 12 – High Noon, we are still caught up in the mystery of what’s happened to Derek. Tune in to see if he’s been found – or eaten.
Then the animals take over. We had to let them or we knew we’d never see Derek again. Not even virtually.
At 1pm we have Animals #1 with five ebooks for young and not so young readers.
At 2pm we’re all grown up with Animals #2 and get to see the cats, dogs and rats behind a number of other ebooks. Not forgetting the inspiration for all of this, Derek the weathersheep, as far as we know the only sheep ever to have written 4 ebooks.
At 3pm Cally Phillips shares her penultimate ‘episode’ of her festival long drama retrospective. Taking drama out of the theatre and beyond the boxes.
At 4pm it’s the final workshop session from Life Writing Workshop with Kathleen Jones
At 5pm We offer you the chance to create your own narrative/s inspired by pictures (provided by animals) from the ebook festival. It’s just for fun but could be funny.
At 6pm in our author/narrator slot festival director Cally Phillips turns the questions on herself. More you didn’t know – revealed.
At 7pm McStorytellers has a BIG FREE LAUNCH. We’ll say no more, just get yourself there if you like ‘Three for Free’ as a concept.
At 8pm we take a final look at the Comedy Fringe with Bill Kirton.
At 9pm our final Late Launch is Valerie Laws’, the Operator – launching this very day.
At 10pm there’s a chance to play catch up. But before you do, enjoy the Festival foto favourites as selected by the Festival Director.
It may look like we are winding down. With just the weekend to go, several of our residencies are reaching their conclusion – so make sure you’ve caught up on anything you’ve missed. For those who like stats – we’re pleased to say that yesterday we cracked the 10,000 attendances at festival. So someone out there’s been having a good time. And more than 500 people have taken their Free Goody Bag from the site. If you are one of them, don’t forget that each of the authors giving away free ebooks has also given away free ‘event slots’ at the festival so don’t miss out on the chance to read more free work. What you’ve downloaded stays on your ereader, but if you miss the festival events – they’ll be GONE come Monday.
We begin as usual at 11am with a McStory. Today it’s John McGroarty with Mr Black
At 12 noon we get the weather from Derek. Or Shuggie. Or Derek. You never can tell with sheep. They’re like the weather in that respect.
At 12.30 we lunch with an Author. Today it’s Joan Barbara Simon who tells us that ‘I’ is for Artefact.
At 2pm Sci-Fi residency. David Wailing, author of the amazing Auto Series has come to the end of the line. It’s his final slot and he looks at publishing and sci-fi.
At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she takes us to ‘The Other Side of the Mountain.’ There is also another scene of We Wove A Web in Childhood to watch. And you can download the entire performance as an enhanced ebook from THE GOODY BAG if you don’t have the patience to watch scene by scene.
At 4pm Kathleen Jones Life Writing workshops. Today it’s feedback for Workshop 6. Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy the feedback.
At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week Two comes to a close with a broader look at advocacy publishing from Fair Trade to war protest to speaking out for child abuse victims.
At 6pm we begin a week long exploration of the relationship between the author and narrator. Is the author dead as Barthes and the postmodernists suggest? Six very ‘live’ authors give their views to Festival Director Cally Phillips. Today,she questions her own author/narrator stance.
At 7pm we’ve come to the End of the Journey with Crime Writer in Residence, Chris Longmuir. And what a journey its been!
At 8pm we explore our final ‘Market Choice.’ We are always being told that marketing is key. Here are a few ‘beyond the margins’ ways that authors have tried to take their little piggies to market! Tonight Derek the Weathersheep tells us how he made the big time with sheep erotica.
At 9pm we have the penultimate in our series of Late Launches where authors tell you about their recent releases. Tonight it’s ‘Anonymous’ with Dead Letter Office.
At 10pm Roz Morris picks her final Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Mark Staufer
And easing you into the night at 11pm for the very last time, Jian Qiu Huang engages you with another Conversation with the Universe. Tonight he offers you some thoughts on what to do when you ‘can’t take it any more.’
For those of you who’ve been paying close attention to the Beyond the Margins theme, this may raise a smile. Or simply act as a subliminal message to get a cup of coffee and sit down with your ereader of choice and enjoy all that the festival has to offer. It’s your choice but there’s only 4 days left to go. So catch up as you can and keep attending the ‘live’ events.
And to ‘catch up’ and get the ‘joke’ – try This Book Does Not Exist, Mike Schneider and perhaps The Author is not Dead (narrator) slots and you’ll not be disappointed. We hope.
Failing that turn your mind to mystery, crime and dirty doings down on the Festival Farm with Derek, Shuggie and Animals against the ebook festival. Truly, something for all tastes?!?
We begin at 11am with a McStory. Today it’s Mr McStoryteller himself, Brendan Gisby with The Unofficial Burryman.
At 12 noon we dig deeper into the mysterious disappearance of our weathersheep Derek.
At 12.30 we lunch with an Author. Today it’s Patric Morgan. We’re thinking of Patric because in ‘real’ life he’s attending his father’s funeral today. This slot is in tribute to a much loved, greatly missed dad.
At 2pm Sci-Fi residency. David Wailing, author of the amazing Auto Series hits the penultimate slot, asking us ‘Who Wants to live forever?’
At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she gives you the low down on kitchen sink drama Martian style, ‘When Time Stands Still.’ There is also another scene of We Wove A Web in Childhood to watch. And you can download the entire performance as an enhanced ebook from THE GOODY BAG if you don’t have the patience to watch scene by scene.
At 4pm Kathleen Jones Life Writing workshops. Today she gives advice on how to ‘show not tell.’ Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still attend the workshops.
At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week Two continues with the ‘short approach’ to advocacy. Jock Tamson’s Bairns.
At 6pm we continue our week long exploration of the relationship between the author and narrator. Is the author dead as Barthes and the postmodernists suggest? Six very ‘live’ authors give their views to Festival Director Cally Phillips. Today it’s Angus Shoor Caan’s turn under the spotlight.
At 7pm we’re still seeing all the ways to make crime pay, with our resident Crime Writer Chris Longmuir. Today she’s looking at serial killers in crime fiction
At 8pm we explore some ‘Market Choices.’ We are always being told that marketing is key. Here are a few ‘beyond the margins’ ways that authors have tried to take their little piggies to market! Tonight Peter Tarnofsky talks about his experience with Kickstarter.
At 9pm we continue our series of Late Launches where authors tell you about their recent releases. Tonight it’s John McGroarty’s recent release, The Tower.
At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Dave Morris.
And easing you into the night at 11pm Jian Qiu Huang engages you with another Conversation with the Universe. Tonight he offers you some thoughts on The Moment of Death.