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Stories Worth Telling? Reflections on the Edinburgh Festival 2017

The festival has finished, the nights are drawing in, and it is time to reflect upon the sensory overload that has become my go-to excuse for not writing as much as I ought to in August.

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That Festival Feeling

In Edinburgh it is festival time.

Well, actually, it’s almost always festival time here. We can’t move for the things. We’ve got an art one, a film one, an international one, a fringe one, a book one, a jazz one, a magic one, a science one, a Mela one, and a Hogmanay one. But August is when we have the International, Fringe, Book and Mela festivals all at once, so I’m going to go ahead and refer to this month in particular as ‘festival time’.

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How To Sell An eBook

eotstumblrPeople often ask me, ‘hey Ali! Whaddya do when you’re not writing books, blogging about writing books or blogging about books written by other people?’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (late!)

A belated entry for the last weekly photo prompt – this week I’ve been busy editing and formatting this charming eBook every spare moment I have (worth your pennies, proceeds go towards supporting children’s theatre) and it slipped my mind, but I actually have a bit of a thing about photographing reflections so I wanted to share one before going onto the new prompt!

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28 Drawings Later – Day 2

I thought I’d experiment with a few character sketches from the play.  First on the list is ‘A kind but poor gentleman’.  I’m not sure exactly how old he is, or whether he wears a hat…  So I drew a couple of kind men.  In hats.  Hats make the gentleman, probably.  I imagine him sort of shabby but refined although that patently doesn’t come over in either of these, they both appear quite well to do.  OH WELL.  This is why we do research.

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Toto Tales: What we’re doing and why it’s different

In another of my Edinburgh Festival guest posts, Mara from Toto Tales explains why they got involved with the fringe and why adults and children alike will be drawn to their colourful brand of theatre.

Performing in the Fringe is an experience not be missed.  The panic stations, the chaos, the utter joy, the thrill of audiences coming to see your work, and of course the anticipation of reviews…

This year Toto Tales is collaborating for the first time with iTheatre, a Singapore based childrens theatre company.  It’s an exciting time for us all, as there is so much newness to this experience.

Our show Under the Baobab Tree (‘A Must See’ in The Stage yesterday, WOOHOOO!!) is an exciting blend of puppetry, ridiculously interactive storytelling and plenty of music and dancing to keep anyone happy.

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