Edinburgh International Book Festival Trip 2019

Was the Edinburgh International Book Festival ready for TeamEA?

Our group, of 37 pupils and staff Mrs Toonen, Mrs Bodiam, Mr Smith and Miss Weir, were ready and very excited for our two-day trip, to Edinburgh on Thursday 22 and Wednesday 23 August.

With a 5.30am departure, onesies, pillows & blankets were travel must-haves.  We had bacon rolls too, thanks to a parent of one of our pupils and these were hugely appreciated.

Team EA was ready for @edbookfest and all of us were looking forward to hearing from authors, finding about books, enjoying Edinburgh and learning lots during our time away from school.

Day 1

Our pupils dived into the Charlotte Square bookshops and bought books ahead of the author sessions. Sandy bought his books and aimed to have them signed by Darren Shan.



There were two very happy S6 pupils in a lovely, sunny Charlotte Square: Beverley, bought a beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice and Poppy purchased a gorgeous copy of Little Women.

The first session for senior pupils was with Scottish author Doug Johnstone and there was good chat on the bus ahead of this session about his new novel, Breakers. Pupils enjoyed listening to and then meeting @doug_johnstone in the signing tent. A dark photo taken in there, but we like it a lot.


The second session, aimed at younger pupils was with Darren Shan, author of the Cirque du Feak and Zom-B books. Pupils joined in with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Darren’s world-wide bestselling vampire series. Look at our Ben. On the stage with @darrenshan and reading from his book. Go Ben!

Librarian’s top picture of the day was Ellie in S3 enjoying her book.

There was time to enjoy ice cream in the sunshine in Charlotte Square and time to saunter, shop and soak up Edinburgh during Festival month. What a brilliant day it was! But, we had another day to look forward to, for more books, authors and fun.


Day 2

Senior pupils and staff were excited about Laura Bates. Founder of @EverydaySexism. Laura Bates made her fiction debut at the Book Festival with her YA novel The Burning which draws a potent comparison between the witch hunts of the past and cyberbullying today. It was nominated for Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Award. The Burning is both a brilliant and blistering read.

Laura Bates had a HUGE impact on our seniors. They chatted and shared opinions. Poppy said the talk resonated with them so much and what a powerful message!  Morven, our depute head student, had lots of ideas and plans to take back to school.

The S1- S3 pupils attended a wonderful joint session with Muhammad Khan @mkhanauthor and Tom Pollock @tomhpollock. Excitement levels were rising in the Spark Theatre prior to the session. Muhammad Khan’s fans were especially looking forward to seeing, listening to and meeting him and to hearing more about his incredible, powerful and un-putdownable books and what a treat it was too.

Afterwards, pupils enjoyed meeting both authors at the signing table.

There were lots of #teamEA fans to see Tom Pollock.

Pupils said, “It was epic to meet Muhammad Khan and get our books signed. He asked us who our favourite superheroes are #goodchat #superheroauthor. We loved hearing about Kick the Moon and what a fabulous reading during the session.”


Kelly 🌟

Kelly’s mum 😨

Our t-shirts were not only a hit with us. Staff and members of the public at the Edinburgh Book Festival liked them too! Lunchtime and it was Shades on. The sun was shining on Charlotte Square  📚💜  and it was time for a last alfresco picnic lunch.

We all enjoyed an amazing time at The Edinburgh International Book Festival and left with bags of books, fabulous memories and a great bunch of pupils.

Thank you to the Edinburgh International Book Festival organisers for an incredible two days and thank you to our amazing pupils and staff on this trip. They did @TeamElginAcad proud.