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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

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I usually need to be doing something – 25 years of working 70-80 hour weeks will probably do that to a person. So during the school holidays, I go absolutely mad. I’m bored, moody, grumpy, frustrated and irritable. The school are closed and I can’t do what I love doing best – presenting my book show.

Last year I spent most of July presenting to schools in England – thank goodness the Scottish schools break up in June and there’s a convenient over-lap period…..But then there’s August!! Dun-dun-duuuuuuuuhn!

Every school in the country closed and I was bouncing off the walls again – So not this year. I have applied for, and was accepted to present my book tour show at the largest art festival in the world – The Edinburgh Fringe! 25 days of presenting, every day for almost the entire month. AND IT’S FREE!!!

I just want to perform. I want to entertain, educate and inspire children (and parents) about the wonders of books, how brilliant it can be to become lost in another world.  Obviously I pretty much talk about my own two books but there’s some cool stuff about the environment, alternative energy, bums, bogies and big bottom burps. False teeth will be thrown and there may even be snot. One awesome hour of energy, and audience interaction too.

Category Children’s Shows
Genres comedy, storytelling
Group Stuart Reid – Award Winning Author
Venue Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
Event Website www.mylittlebigtown.com/gor…
Date 1-25 August
Time 13:15
Duration 1 hour
Suitability PG (4+)
Country of Origin Scotland

As I said, it’s free but you can collect tickets here (as a wee memento) and signed copies of the book will be available everyday. See you there!

Silver Seal Winner – Forward National Book Awards 2012

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Awarded to Stuart Reid – Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to accept this fanastic prize from those wonderful people at the Forward National Literature Awards. I can honestly say how humble I feel in light of their amazing predilection and proclivity towards good taste, their perceptive literacy acumen and almost flawless decision-making prowess – thank you.

Almost flawless… because obviously I didn’t win Gold (this year) but I’d still like to pass on my heartiest congratulations to whoever it was that won this prestigous award in the Middle Grade/Chapter Book Section. It’s on their website somewhere but, of course, I only got as far as looking for my own name. It said ‘Second Place Winners’ at the top so I allowed my particular selective narcassistic tendancies to take over and all I read was ‘Winner’.

Of course, it’s not really about winners and losers, it’s about the joy of taking part; where everyone receives a medal just for turning up. It’s about the overwhelming satisfaction in being judged by your peers and betters to have written a novel of literal quality, described as ‘entertaining, imaginative and very funny’, and for all the faninancial rewards that go along with it – except there was no big cash prize, so it really is all about the joy of taking part (and winning, obviously).

And what a fantastic group of judges they really are! They certainly know their stuff when it comes to books about as the entries were judged on their uniqueness, entertainment, and content. Amongst others, Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, six other books and an internationally acclaimed key note speaker and host of radio and tvshows.  Mark David Gerson is a screenwriter, award-winning author and creator of The Q’ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels and feature films. The MoonQuest, the first book in the trilogy, has won multiple awards, as has his book on writing and creativity, and the film of the same name will be in theatres later this year. 

I’d like to thank my publisher, my agent, my wife, my children……. (continued overleaf – click here)
……….. the team at My Little Big Town, all the schools, pupils, parents, teachers, book shops, libraries and book festivals I have ever, and will ever, present to.

L love you all! No, no, it’s okay. I’ve just got something in my eye…