Year of Young People: Codename F

Year of Young People: Codename F
In 2018, Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. As part of the Year of Young People, with the support of EventScotland, we’ve been working with youngsters aged 8-14 who live in and around Craigmillar, Edinburgh. They were born not just in the UK but also in Poland, Oman and Indonesia. Together they’ve co-designed events exploring the concept of Freedom and named them Codename F. We’ve had enlightening meetups with our Young Programmers; their open, insightful, funny and astute young minds have constantly surprised us and they’ve impressed us with their energy and compassion. For Codename F, the group explores a range of topics including the environment, gender politics and surveillance, featuring picture books, discussions and drop-in activities. Our Young Programmers are Atika Al-azari, Bruce Banner, India Cierpikowska, Laeticia Danica, Martyna Gorska, Joe Johnson, Leigh Milligan, Ahmed Nalbant, Laurence Philpot, Unmol Singh and Jonathan Watton.
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Freedom to be Heard

Tuesday 14 August 10:00 - 17:30

Our Year of Young People co-programmers have designed a day of activities to challenge perceptions on how children and young adults engage with society; from politics to religion, immigration to environment, come and voice your thoughts and debate the...

Hayley Barker & Mary Watson: Fighting for the Future

Age 12+

Wednesday 22 August 18:30 - 19:30

Meet the authors of dark and action-packed novels for young adults which see young heroes fighting for their futures. Hayley Barker's Show Stealer is a dystopian novel in which children must perform in a deadly circus. In The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson,...

Alexis Deacon & Joe Todd-Stanton: Gripping Graphic Novels

Age 8-12

Friday 24 August 17:00 - 18:00

Travel back in time with stunning books from two highly talented illustrators. Two-time winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award, Alexis Deacon returns with the second instalment of his medieval fantasy graphic novel Geis...

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks: Perfect Picture Books

Age 4-7

Saturday 25 August 15:15 - 16:15

In her only event at the Book Festival this year, The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson presents her latest creation with illustrator Lydia Monks. An exciting adventure packed with magic and a very unexpected ending, The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes...

Tense Thrillers with Sarah Mussi & Nikesh Shukla

Age 12+

Saturday 25 August 17:45 - 18:45

You'll be on the edge of your seat as you hear from two authors of tense thrillers. Freedoms are tested in Sarah Mussi's Angel Dust and Breakdown as life and love are at stake. Nikesh Shukla's Run, Riot is centred around two teenagers who witness the...

Barroux & Michael Morpurgo: War Force

Families & 8+

Sunday 26 August 10:00 - 11:00

Former Children's Laureate and worldwide bestselling author Michael Morpurgo comes together with award-winning artist Barroux to tell the story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Based on the true story of Michael's uncles during the...