Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Edinburgh Festival: Paul Cornell (and Ben Aaronovitch, and Others) Edition

In addition to the Neil Gaiman and Steven Moffat appearances we've already mentioned, Paul Cornell is due for quite a few appearances at the Edinburgh Book Festival, and he's helpfully put out a schedule for the benefit of the general public.

"First of all, on Saturday 24th August, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, myself and Ben Aaronovitch will be onstage at Pepper's Theatre in a panel chaired by Stuart Kelly.  (Tickets £10/£8.)"

The Book Fest website gives this event the fairly silly name of "DR WHODUNNIT", and suggests that it'll largely be about urban fantasy, which makes sense seeing as both writers are in the middle of said series at the moment. Aaronovitch gets to chat about "Broken Homes", naturally.

"Then I'll be heading over to the Guardian Spiegeltent, where, in the latter part of the Illicit Ink and Graphic Scotland: Tales from the Strip event (which ends at 11pm, so I have to get there a bit before then), I'll be speaking a short comic story for my old friend and comic artist Emma Vieceli to draw, live, there and then. (Admission free, just pop in.)"

That event starts at nine. Blurb: "Graphic Scotland and Illicit Ink combine stories on the page with illustrators on the stage – while our writers read, our guest cartoonists and graphic novelists draw what they hear. Performers include Stephen Collins, author of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil and comic artist Emma Vieceli whose work includes Manga Shakespeare and Vampire Academy. Art materials are provided but feel free to bring your own."
"And finally, on Sunday 25th August, from 7pm to 8pm, I'll be teaming up with John Higgins at the Scottish Power Studio Theatre, to talk about Wolverine and Razorjack, among other things.  (Tickets £10/£8.)"

That event is apparently called "Superheroes: Sequels and Prequels" and it's part of Stripped, the Book Festival's "celebration of comics, graphic novels and the people who create them". So between all this and the Rob Lloyd comedy item "Who, Me?" and the "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" play, and the "I Need A Doctor" musical comedy and last week's performance of Tom Baker's book The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (and goodness knows how many more references this month, including stand-up comedians who mention it just for a gag or two), Doctor Who is quite well represented in Edinburgh this year.

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