I was thrilled to be part of this year’s Edinburgh City of Literature Story Shop; having applied unsuccessfully for a few years, it was great to be one of the chosen writers for 2015. Story Shop gives emerging, local writers the chance to read out their work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – a ten minute reading every day at 4pm in the Spiegeltent. It was a great experience and involved not only the reading, but also the opportunity to take part in a performance master class run by the (slightly terrifying) Alex Gillon.
Appearing at the EIBF has long been an ambition of mine, so to get to read in the beautiful Spiegeltent was very exciting, if a bit nerve-wracking. I also got to hang out in the author’s yurt and have my name up in ink for 24 hours!
The other writers who appeared were all extremely talented and very supportive and it was a joy to be part of such a nice bunch of people.
You can check out my story (and those of the other story shoppers) and listen to a short snippet of me reading it here.