Team Tinder donned their kilts and gamely hopped onto the East Coast rail in search of historic architecture, chillier climates, crowds of musicians, actors, acrobats, circus performers and all the many varied folk who make up the phenomenal event that is the Edinburgh Festival. Oh, and to see some of our fantastic Tinder Press authors in action at the Literature Festival, of course.
Here’s a little snapshot of our Tinder authors’ events:
Peggy Riley's Amity & Sorrow offers an incredibly uncomfortable insight into the lives of a small family who've recently run away from an obscure, albeit fictional, religious cult. But in her event with fellow writer Jenn Ashworth, On Faith and Family, Peggy described how, though the cult and world of Amity & Sorrow is fiction, many of the aspects and idiosyncrasies of cult life she describes are very much based on real events and case studies. Both authors admitted to being a tad obsessed with how extreme faith affects everyday family life, but it is because of this obsession that the audience were treated to such an interesting discussion, and so there were certainly no complaints from the crowd!
Amity & Sorrow is available now, priced £7.99
Ben Willis, Publicity
Sitting in the audience at Maggie O’Farrell’s sold out event in Edinburgh, I took a quick glance around the room and could see that everyone was enthralled. Maggie’s reading from her latest novel, Instructions For A Heatwave, had the crowd laughing in many places and awed in others with her lyrical prose and beautiful turn of phrase. Delving into the issues of literacy and feminism which she has tackled in Instructions, Maggie spoke about how she believed there was no such thing as gender in writing stating, ‘I wouldn’t pick up a book just because it was written by a man’. Intriguing questions from the audience about Maggie’s style of writing: her use of intricate characters and the importance of time and place in her writing, coupled with the warmth and sincerity of a much loved author made it a very enjoyable event.
Although it was raining when we emerged from the tent, the audience were all aglow from what many told me was the highlight of their festival.
Instructions For A Heatwave is available now, priced £7.99.
Elaine Egan, Publicity
Brian Kimberling’s discussion of Snapper with chair Serena Field and fellow author Allan Wilson, author of Wasted in Love, was a fascinating one to watch. The two authors are, in many ways, very different – Brian writes about Indiana and the Midwest whereas Allan writes in a gritty, urban setting about the lives of Glaswegians. Both writers are very sharp and incisive, however, and their novels share similar themes: those of young people’s connection to the place that they come from, and the challenges they face as they grow older. Both are very funny writers, and speakers – Brian’s dramatic reading from Snapper had me in stitches (particularly when he had to pick the lectern up to be nearer to the microphone, as he’s so tall) – he read out one of my favourite scenes: the Gypsy Moth, the barely-roadworthy old bus driven by Nathan, the main character, pulls into the town of Santa Claus, where all the residents club together to reply to all the letters they receive yearly from children who believe they are writing to the real Father Christmas. The best kind of literary events, I find, are those which are thought-provoking yet funny too, and leave the audience grinning from ear to ear: I certainly came away from this event with a big smile on my face.
Emily Kitchin, Editorial
Snapper is available now, priced £7.99.