5 Reasons Why You Should Come Along to Authors Live at The Fringe

This August, Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning are bringing TWO bestselling children’s authors to Edinburgh as part of BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals. We are absolutely certain that your family would enjoy coming along! However, we know the summer holidays can get very busy indeed, so here are 5 reasons why you should put a visit to Authors Live in your diary – we’re sure we can convince you…

Authors Live events are great fun

We have been bringing amazing authors to schools and libraries through our Authors Live programme since 2010, and since then thousands of children and teenagers have tuned in to see the likes of Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Chris Hoy.

While families can always watch our events through our On Demand Library, our events at the Edinburgh Festivals are the only time that you can come along as a family to be part of the studio audience and experience the excitement with us! To get an idea of what to expect, have a peek at one of our previous events.

We have two fantastic authors to choose from

This year, we have two broadcasts for you to choose from, and both of them feature bestselling writers.

First up, we have Philip Ardagh on Saturday 5 August. Philip loves writing (he has actually written over 100 books), and he is going to speaking to us all about his hilarious series, The Grunts, which is illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Our second event is with Vivian French on Sunday 20 August. Vivian will be sharing her love of stories, telling us a bit about how they come together and reading a snippet from her book The Adventures of Alfie Onion.

With two great writers like that, you might have trouble choosing which one to go to (you could go to both, we won’t tell anyone).

You can ask that burning question

We know that many keen young readers have lots of questions for authors, so at both of our events, there will be an opportunity for some lucky audience members to ask a question. The more imaginative the question the better, so get your thinking caps on!

Take part in the festival atmosphere

Coming along to either of these events is a great way to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere which descends on Edinburgh during August. While it’s a very exciting time to be in Edinburgh, the crowds and choice can also be a wee bit overwhelming with kids in tow.

Our events are taking place at the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals site in the grounds of George Heriot’s School, which is a great place to spend the day during the festival. This lovely garden venue has food on site and plenty of other activities for kids to get stuck in to, from drop-in crafting sessions to robot building – find out more here!

Free Events?

Did we mention that both of these events are completely free? They are free! Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis from the BBC website, with a maximum of 4 tickets per request.

So now that you are eagerly anticipating coming along to these events, here are the links you need:


You can get tickets for Philip Ardagh’s event here.

You can get tickets for Vivian French’s event here.


If you aren’t in Edinburgh this August, do not fear – you can watch any of our previous Authors Live events in the comfort of your own home here! Look out for the videos of Philips and Vivian’s events, which will be added to the Watch On Demand Library after each event has taken place.