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Daily Programme August 21st

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Welcome to day 10 of the ebook festival.   Check out the picture. Not an ebook in sight. Be very afraid!   This is by way of asking for Forgiveness for the small confusion yesterday when Derek the Weathersheep was hacked and giant grasshoppers doubling as internet trolls and various other animal antics caused mayhem to the schedule. We are back on track today. We hope. Garry Stanton has recovered (we hope) from being called Gary Staunton and today it will all run smoothly and without an error or bug in the system. Yeah, right.  Still, it keeps you on your virtual toes.

Here’s today’s programme (allegedly!)

We begin the day as usual  at 11am with a McStory. Today it’s Don Masson’s Big Toe by Fiona Johnson

At 12 noon we investigate further into the mysterious case of Derek’s missing report. 

At 12.30 we lunch with an Author. Today it’s Mike Schneider, fresh from last night’s Market Choices.talking about his book (and its sequel) This Book Does not Exist  

At 2pm Sci-Fi residency. David Wailing, author of the amazing Auto Series is with us all week talking about things sci-fi. Today he’s exploring social networking in science fiction. Too close to home? You need to read this.

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency with insight into her play ‘Love is an Urban Myth.’ 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 5.  Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy the feedback.

At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week Two continues with Guerrilla Midgie Press taking an ‘academic’ approach and asking ‘Whose Game is it Anyway?’

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, Cally talks to Peter Tarnofsky

At 7pm we’re still seeing all the ways to make crime pay, with our resident Crime Writer Chris Longmuir. Today she’s got a distinctly Scottish flavour as she looks at Tartan Noir.

At 8pm we explore some more ‘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 we meet the man behind Philistine Press, Frank Burton.

At 9pm we continue our series of Late Launches where authors tell you about their recent releases. Tonight it’s a return visit from our Crime Writer in Residence with Chris Longmuir talking about her new release Missing, Believed Dead.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight she shares her  own musical ‘inspiration’ for My Memories of a Future Life.

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 ‘success’ and what it is, or may be.

We hope you enjoy the packed programme and if you have time, don’t forget to send in your pictures either to animals against the ebook festival Facebook Group or to the main site for your ‘where in the world is my ereader’   We’ll be showing the pictures HERE over the final festival weekend, so get to it.

Daily Programme August 20th

Feeling all festivalled out? There's another 6 days to go!

Feeling all festivalled out? There’s another 6 days to go!

All tuckered out after the first week? Come on, there’s another 6 days of events to go. Rally yourselves. When it’s over you’ll miss us!

We begin at 11am with a McStory. Today it’s Bring your Befuddled Zxeardks by Garry Stanton

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 Jan Needle tells us about his scattergun approach.

At 2pm Sci-Fi residency. David Wailing, author of the amazing Auto Series is with us all week talking about things sci-fi. Today he’s looking at detectives in science fiction.

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she looks at J.M.Barrie, the Admirable Crichton and her 100th anniversary adaptation ‘Down the Line.’ 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 workshop 5 which looks at creating characters.  Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still attend the workshop!

At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week Two continues with a look at the first Guerrilla MIdgie publication, ‘A Week with No Labels.’

At 6pm we  continue our week long exploration of the relationship between the author and narrator.  Today Cally poses a series of questions to (live) author Dan Holloway.

At 7pm we’re still seeing all the ways to make crime pay, with our resident Crime Writer Chris Longmuir. Today she’s delving into dark crime fiction, including ‘noir.’

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 we welcome Mike Schneider.

At 9pm we continue our series of Late Launches where authors tell you about their recent releases. Tonight, proving he is still very alive, Dan Holloway talks about his book written in numbers: Evie and Guy.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with author Joni Rodgers

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 ‘letting go.’

Daily Programme August 19th

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!

Welcome  to Week Two of the ebook festival. We hope you’ve all caught up with Week One and are raring to go for the next week. Don’t forget, if you can’t attend ‘live’ you can always catch up at a time and place to suit yourself by going to the ‘categories’ link. But there’s only a week to go, so you don’t want to fall too far behind! The festival may feel infinite as well as virtual now, but when it’s gone, it’s gone.

(It’s Chris Longmuir’s birthday today by the way. She’s been an absolute stalwart throughout the festival and her 12 part exploration into Crime Fiction at 7pm each evening deserves many trumpets to be blown in her direction!) 

We begin as usual today at 11am with a McStory. Today it’s Snippets in Scots by Andrew Velzian

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 Mark Frankland. He has been publishing since the 1990’s and has over 20 books now converted to ebook format. And his blog is one of my do not miss blogs!

At 2pm we begin our Sci-Fi residency. David Wailing, author of the amazing Auto Series is with us all week talking about things sci-fi. Today he looks at romance in science fiction.

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she looks at Men in White Suits, her theatrical response to the 2001 Foot and Mouth crisis. 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 is still running the Life Writing workshops. Today she gives feedback to the fourth session.  Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy the feedback.

At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week Two kicks off with Guerrilla Midgie Press explaining how and why they began as an Advocacy Publisher.

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, the introduction.

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 The Police Proceedural. She blogs about this today on her Authors Electric Birthday Blog 

At 8pm we are over at the Comedy Fringe where Bill Kirton reveals the Comedy Sketches you’ve all (you have all?) been working on over the weekend.

At 9pm we begin a series of Late Launches where authors tell you about their recent releases. Tonight it’s Mr If’s ‘Pervert.’

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Ruby Barnes

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 ‘I am not me’

Programme August 18th

431149_4370743597163_1721292240_nWhat could be better than a lazy Sunday with your feet up in an ebook festival?  Time to catch up on all the events you missed during the week.  Time to find new ‘live’ events to enjoy.  However you ‘read’ us,  we hope you’re enjoying coming ‘Beyond the Margins’ with this year’s festival.  Don’t forget that if you have pictures of your ereader in ‘interesting’ poses you can submit them to the Facebook Page for the ‘where in the world is my ereader’ album.  So far Crime Writer in Residence Chris Longmuir’s kindle seems to be getting about most!

11am with a McStory. Today it’s The Voracious Reader by Pat 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 Dennis Hamley completes his weekend lunch party to re-launch his novel Out of the Mouths of Babes.  It’s available for free in the Goody Bag.

At 2pm Sue Price and Alan Hess conclude the two part workshop on Functional Literacy by looking at ‘Functional Grammar.’  Very interesting and informative, and some fun too!

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she’s  ‘on the move’ with big changes happening as the 1990’s became the 21st century. 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’ fourth workshop is here. Today she looks at Talking to the reader. Giving the ‘I’ a voice.  Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy these workshops and do the exercises yourself.

At 5pm ‘Jack’s back’  Jack MacRoary, star of last year’s festival is back with his own unique view of the festival this year in Festival Review.

At 6pm Cally Phillips completes her blog roll journey with her final thoughts on what blog rolls are and what blogs can be.  Thinking beyond the margins.

At 7pm Chris Longmuir our resident Crime Writer looks at humour and crime. You’ve got to laugh at that ?!

At 8pm it’s the final part of our Travel Writer in Residence Jo Carroll’s mini break.  Travel the world from the comfort of your ereader.

At 9pm  Mari Biella concludes her weekend Horror residency Today she looks at peculiar thrills and spills.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Mr McStoryteller Brendan Gisby.

And at 11pm  Jian Qiu Huang introduces you to ‘imake’ and his way of being creative and commercial online.

Programme August 17th

IMGP3125It’s the weekend. Time to kick back and catch up with all that you’ve missed. AND to visit live events as they happen.  We’re well on the way into the festival now with some 77 events down and a 100 still to go, so make sure you spend the weekend here (word is it’s going to rain all weekend anyway!)

11am with a McStory. Today it’s Scots Away by Angus Shoor Caan

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 Dennis Hamley is back. This time it’s nothing to do with the supernatural.  See him from a different perspective – gritty realism. He’s hosting a weekend lunch party to re-launch his novel Out of the Mouths of Babes.  It’s available for free in the Goody Bag.

At 2pm we welcome Sue Price and Alan Hess who have pulled out all the stops to give us something truly ‘beyond the margins.’  If you have no idea what ‘functional literacy’ means then you should attend this event.  It’s a two part interactive workshop and today Sue and Alan introduce you to the concept of ‘stories for learning’

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency looking at plays that never get produced and living in the moment. 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 will give her third workshop feedback. Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy the results of other people’s labours.

At 5pm ‘Who let the dogs in.’ The Animals Bite back.

At 6pm Cally Phillips takes the blog rolling adventure to its penultimate stage.

At 7pm Chris Longmuir our resident Crime Writer looks at psychological crime fiction

At 8pm it’s part two of our Travel Writer in Residence Jo Carroll’s mini break.  Travel the world from the comfort of your ereader.

At 9pm  we welcome Mari Biella with a weekend Horror residency.  In case you were missing all that psychological and spooky stuff she introduces you to the peculiar pleasures of being scared.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Festival Director Cally Phillips who thinks that ‘creativity is for everyone’

And at 11pm a real treat for those of you who have been following the Conversations. A chance to meet the man behind the reflections. Cally Phillips makes friends with The Yellow Banana himself.  

Programme August 16th

Going somewhere? Take the festival with you!

Going somewhere? Take the festival with you!

Welcome back to the festival that comes to you.  Thank goodness its Friday eh? It’s been a full on week. And the weekend will be just as busy with several weekend ‘specials’ on offer.  This weekend we’ll welcome Susan Price, Mari Biella and Jo Carroll to the event.  We’ll also be giving the ‘animals’ a place to call their own and we hope that last year’s ‘star’ Jack MacRoary may grace us with his presence.  But that’s  for later… today we start as usual at

11am with a McStory. Today it’s Greek as a foreign language by Andrew McCallum Crawford.

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 Guerrilla Midgie Press give you the opportunity to get your five a day for free. There may be no such thing as a free lunch but then again…

At 2pm Catherine Czerkawska has reached her final slot. She talks about collaboration and creativity.  We’ll be sorry to see her go. She’s off to the ‘real’ book festival next week. We hope she’ll keep popping back here virtually though.

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency with a move towards the absurd.  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 will give her third workshop session, titled Narrative – Fiction or Faction – Prose or Poetry – how are you going to tell the story? Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still enjoy the workshop.

At 5pm Our Advocacy residency for Week One concludes with the follow up to We are Absolutely Not Okay, more teens tell their stories in ‘You’ve Got it all Wrong’

At 6pm Cally Phillips takes another step on the Blogging adventure with Part Two of three asking that perennial techno question – why won’t it all just play nicely with each other?

At 7pm Chris Longmuir our resident Crime Writer puts paranormal and supernatural crime fiction  under the microscope.

At 8pm we offer you a weekend mini-break with our Travel Writer in Residence Jo Carroll who will be here from now till Sunday.  Travel the world from the comfort of your ereader.

At 9pm Dennis Hamley concludes his supernatural residency with a free sampler of his newly launched Out of the Deep.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Linda Gillard. Enjoy.

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

Around the festival – don’t forget the Goody Bag. Free for the duration of the festival. And if you feel funny, you can still take part in the Comedy Sketch workshop. Just go to the Workshop, Comedy, Choices category. Or if that’s too many clicks, just click HERE and get ready to laugh. You’ll have to work for it though.

Programme August 15th

IMGP3125Everyone seems to be well in their stride with the festival now.  It’s certainly not jam packed house full at any live event, but people are creating their own ‘live’ schedule and catching up when they can. And that’s fine too. We don’t care when you attend an event, as long as you come – and if you come, enjoy yourself – and if you enjoy yourself don’t keep it to yourself- tell everyone in the whole wide cyber world!

And today’s programme should have a ring of familiarity about it now too. Which is not to say that each new event isn’t hand crafted and unique. And just waiting for you to enjoy. So get started at 11am – remember there’s 13 events in 13 hours. How lucky is that?

We start as usual at 10am with a  McStory. Today it’s Born the Bred by Alasdair McPherson.

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 it’s your chance to have lunch with Roz Morris who tells you about her recently launched ebook. Nail Your Novel – Bring Characters to Life.  Complete with video interview! You can also catch Roz every night at 10pm with the Undercover Soundtrack. That’s a BOGOF offer isn’t it?

At 2pm Catherine Czerkawska has reached her penultimate slot with her mid-list residency  – Today she talks about ‘Wagging the Tail’. Intrigued? Get yourself over there.

At 3pm Cally Phillips continues with her drama (retrospective) residency. Today she spills the beans on ‘We Wove A Web in Childhood’. There is also another to watch. And you can download the entire performance as an enhanced ebook if you don’t have the patience to watch scene by scene.

At 4pm Kathleen Jones will give feedback from her second Life Writing workshop session. Even if you aren’t handing in ‘homework’ you can still get plenty from her feedback. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathleen. Thanks for being virtually here and providing feedback even on your birthday. Such dedication!!

At 5pm Our Advocacy residency continues with a look at a remarkable project ‘Writers on the Inside’ Ingrid Ricks interviews Mercy Pilkington.

At 6pm Cally Phillips takes another step on the Blogging adventure with Part one of three in an exploration of ‘the blog roll’ and how to consume it.

At 7pm Chris Longmuir our resident Crime Writer looks at something that has a huge following – The Historical Crime Novel.

At 8pm our Comedy Fringe is back. Bill will be telling you of the CHOICES gleaned from comments in response to his first event, and giving you a deadline to GET FUNNY.

At 9pm Dennis Hamley reaches the penultimate part of his supernatural residency and takes a short story FACES apart to explore exactly what makes up a ‘spooky’ story.

At 10pm Roz Morris picks another Undercover Soundtrack. Tonight we are with Andy Harrod. Enjoy.

And easing you into the night at 11pm Jian Qiu Huang engages you with another Conversation with the Universe.  Tonight he introduces you to the ‘ipad monk.’  Now that’s really something to think about!

What else is around the festival? Well, there’s the Goody Bag – that’s proving a real hit. But don’t forget, when you’ve filled your ereader with free books, those very same authors are here LIVE giving you free events. Check the programme daily and give them a visit – every event is FREE. And if you can’t make it to the live slot, be sure and catch up in your own time.

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