Festival Fun – Round 3

Festival3Only three days to go until the start of my third year at the Edinburgh Festival. Never mind that summer has forgotten to turn up this year, let’s not worry that my 5th book, which is due to be released on the 1st August, still hasn’t arrived from the printers yet, and I’m trying hard not to think that the 31 days throughout August will turn into the Edinburgh equivalent of Groundhog Day – IT’S THE FESTIVAL!

Fringe 2015 PosterMy new show for 2015 is called RETURN OF THE SNOT ZOMBIES, all about engaging reluctant readers with books; making stories fun and exciting, and even if a 9 year old has never wanted to read a book before, because ‘books are boring’ it’s my job to make books mad, mental and packed with mayhem.

The show is a based on the success of my 2nd book Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies, together with big sections from my debut novel Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator, and my latest book Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer. There’ll be book readings from all three, with music, sound effects and even video this year; it’s the most interactive show I’ve ever put, certainly the most technical, and there will still be the opportunity for tons of audience interaction.

As the title suggests, there may be a little bit of snot… just a little bit but it’s not my fault; blame the kids! They love snot! I should know, I’ve now been to over 800 schools, libraries and book festivals and seen kids all over the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland picking their noses. Last year, at the Edinburgh Festival, my show was called Reading Rocks! and there were lost of dedicated little readers in the audience – that was great because I sold more books. But the year before, when I had ZOMBIES in the title I had a higher attendance (but sold fewer books). This year there’s more reading and more of the Reading Rocks! engagement, and sadly for the mums (and squeamish) in the audience, there’s boogers… kid boogers, cat boogers, monkey boogers – even David Beckham’s boogers.

And yeah, Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer does what it says on the tin too… elephants, juice and poo, 34,000 words about the panic in Little Pumpington when pink poo begins to appear on the pavement… If the books arrive from the printers on time. It’s the wackiest Gorgeous George story yet.

Waterstones Poster 2015_1

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