Metaphrog Leaps Into The Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival have released details of their Baillie Gifford sponsored Schools Programme and Glasgow based writer John Chalmers and artist Sandra Marrs, collectively known as Metaphrog, are featured in the schools-only Gala Day that wraps up the entire festival on 1 September 2015.

John and Sandra have on previously years run workshops at BookFest as well as being part of the official blog team at the Stripped 2013 comics festival-within-the-festival. This year they will be running ‘Graphic Novel Fairy Tales with Metaphrog’ for 100 pupils ages 9-10. This will be based around their new book The Red Shoes And Other Tales which will officially launch in the UK at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October. While the official release date is 13 October 2015 Red Shoes will premiere at Edinburgh with special festival editions available in the BookFest shop for the duration of the festival.

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In addition to running the Schools Programme workshop Metaphrog will this year be Edinburgh International Book Festival Writers in Residence. They tell us, “It’s a huge honour! This will see us work in collaboration with hip-hop artist Dave Hook, and we’ll be delivering a series of workshops at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow helping pupils create comic stories and raps based on fairy tales, exploring stories, translations and fairy tales from different languages and traditions. There will be a celebration event planned on Burns Night (25 January) 2016 to wrap up the whole residency and project.”

There are more details of Metaphrog’s involvement with the Edinburgh International Book Festival on their blog where they also talk about their Writers Residency. There are more details of all John and Sandra’s work on the Metaphrog website.

Metaphrog spoke to downthetubes about their previous work here.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 15 to 31 August 2015 and the public programme will be announced on 10 June 2015. The Baillie Gifford Schools Programme is currently available from the BookFest website and features Sarah McIntyre and Phillip Reeve as well as Metaphrog.

The Red Shoes and Other Tales will be published by Papercutz on 13 October 2015. There are more details of it on downthetubes here.

Jeremy Briggs

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