Let me say it clearly (once again, with feeling.) This is THE FESTIVAL THAT COMES TO YOU. All you need is wifi enabled devices (smartphone, ereader/kindle, tablet, ipad, laptop) or even a wired desktop pc/mac and you can ‘attend’ the festival. Virtually. And it’s all free.
It’s as simple as this. You log in to www.edebookfest.co.uk and you’re there. Over the 14 days from 12th -25th August you’ll be able to ‘attend’ over 170 events – roughly 13 a day at hourly intervals from 11am in the morning till 11pm at night. It really is that simple. But because people take some time to catch on to this idea, we have 10 days of previews leading up to the festival, telling folk what they can expect and giving them a chance to get used to clicking the ‘appropriate’ button, or for that matter, LIKING our facebook page (where all notices of the ‘events’ will appear) and following us on Twitter.
Need another reason to check it out? Well, McVoices has a ‘presence’ at the eBook festival. Brendan Gisby once more takes on the mantle of McStoryteller in residence to host the 11am ‘short story’ slot. Every morning at eleven, the ‘winners’ of the McStorytellers ‘Being Scots’ competition present one of the stories from the collection (with a ‘launch’ of the collection at the end of the festival. )
The eBook Festival has some 10 ‘headlining’ writers and another 30 ‘featured’ writers and McVoices among the ‘featured’ writers includes: Allan Watson, Jack MacRoary, Alasdair McPherson, Andrew McCallum Crawford, Pat Black, Andrew Velzian, Garry Stanton, Fiona Johnson, John McGroarty, Bill Kirton, Cally Phillips, Angus Shoor Caan and Brendan Gisby
Brendan Gisby and Angus Shoor Caan are also featured in an event titled ‘Narrators’ which explores the relationship between author,narrator and character. This event is at 6pm from Monday 19th –Sun 25th August and is just one of the many ‘strands’ of events across the festival which might interest readers and writers.
Other ‘headline’ events include an interactive life-writing workshop, a comedy workshop (fringe event) with McVoice Bill Kirton and residencies including crime, horror, advocacy travel, drama, mid-list and sci fi. There are Lunches with authors, launches of ebooks, some music, some time for ‘spiritual reflection’ and much, much more. So please head over to the Previews, bookmark the site or LIKE the Facebook page – so that you’ll be kept informed of every even as it happens. There’s a lot of festival over the fortnight and you don’t want to miss out (although if you do fall behind, because this is a virtual festival, you can catch up in the ‘categories’ section at your own leisure.)