Visiting authors: Martin Stewart and Alan Bissett

We were delighted to host two author visits on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December in the Library with authors Alan Bissett and Martin Stewart.

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Almost 100 S3 pupils were treated to readings, question and answer sessions and Alan’s take on everything from favourite books to films to River City, which he writes for, and how he used memories of his childhood friends to create characters for his first novel. Martin, speaking to S2, explained his writing process, the difficulties of getting published, how to write with a bored dog and his inspiration from photographs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visits and learned a lot about writing for a living – perhaps we will see some more published authors from Our Lady’s in the future!

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Thanks to both authors for giving up their valuable time, to Scottish Book Trust for co-funding the event and to Mrs Macfadyen for organising the visits.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

2013_0822_20773rd and 4th year English pupils had a fantastic day out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last week organised by LRC Manager, Mrs Macfadyen and the English Department.

In the morning, pupils watched an interview with Kevin Brooks while Alan Bissett provided the entertainment in the afternoon.

Kevin Brooks’ formal interview about his latest novel, The Bunker Diary, enthralled many pupils who immediately headed for the bookshop to purchase a copy and ask the author to sign it.

Over lunchtime, pupils wandered around Charlotte Square Gardens, eyeing up the books,

Meanwhile, Alan Bissett’s hilarious performance included excerpts from his first novel, Boy Racers, and scenes from his play, The Red Hourglass, in which he takes on the persona of five different species of spider and a wasp.

Two very different sessions with two distinct authors made for a great overview of the writing process.

Thanks to Mrs Macfadyen, Mrs Jeffrey, Miss McGhee, Mr Pegard and Mr McGleish