Help! I need questions to ask writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF)


Here’s the thing. You may (or may not) know that Edinburgh in the month of August goes festival crazy*! There is the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival,  and an Edinburgh Arts festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which I participated in last year, and not forgetting the Edinburgh Mela and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF!).  There’s also the events  at St Andrew’s and St George’s West at festival time, when I’ll be interviewed on the 17th ;o) And there’s more, so much more …

Edinburgh Festivals Elvis

For the fun of going to some events in the above festivals and then blogging about them, I get into some events for free. Yeh hey! Given there are so many events and so little time, I have decided to concentrate my efforts on the Edinburgh International Book Festival Events. So, from Monday the 13 August onwards (for a couple of weeks), I’ll be blogging almost daily about author events by the great and the good writers! Here’s the thing, I may also get the chance to “briefly” interview some of these authors, and I mean really briefly (still to be confirmed!) –  if I’m lucky, I’ll get five minutes. This is not a lot of time to chat! So, the plan is to ask each author the same five,  not too serious questions along the lines of:

If you’d not a been writer, what would you have liked to have been?

What is your guilty pleasure?

What book would you have liked to have written?  (Hm? Does that make sense? I suppose I mean: which book already written by someone else do you admire so much that you wish you’d written it?)

If you have any suggestions, please, please do let me know them – from foolish to serious. All will be considered and greatly received, and even possibly used! I’m seeing a range of authors from Joyce Carol Oates to Pat Barker to Christopher Brookmyre to Val McDermid to Ruth Rendell and many more ( about ten in all!).

*You can get more information about most of these festivals, and what local Edinburghers (including this one!) have to say about the festival events as they happen by going to . You can also get tickets for most of the events from Clicket – there is 80 pence booking fee, but I think that is pretty standard. Clicket are a non-for-profit organisation, funded to help promote the arts to the people by offering tickets for art events in the one place (if I am wrong about this, can someone please tell me!).

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4 Responses to Help! I need questions to ask writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF)

  1. Isobelle Lauder says:

    Do they like to write in silence, with music, with background noise, with a view, no view?
    Do they have a set time for writing?
    Do they plot out the story or start and let it go where it will?
    Do they enjoy meeting the public?
    Is it a small world of writers and they all get to meet/contact each other regularly?
    Do they feel pressured to write once published?

  2. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    Great questions! Excellent. Thank you so much 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    If you could get into someone’s head for a day, who would it be? Like in the film, ‘Being John Malkovich’.

    They wouldn’t know, of course. It would be guilt-free voyeurism. Similarly, you could ask what period of time they would travel to if they had once-only use of a time machine. Where would they go if they were invisible for a day?

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Great questions! I’ve had my interview with Janice already, which was lovely even though it took on a life of it’s own – interviewing is harder than it looks 😉 But will save them, along with Isobelle’s questions, for the next time!

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