Favourite posts from the Edinburgh Book Festival 2020

I’ve never been to the Edinburgh Book Festival before, but having it online meant I was able to attend this year. I’ve really enjoyed all the events I’ve “attended” and these have been my favourites…

For Children

Joseph Coelho – Reading Poems Aloud

Michael Morpurgo and Polly Dunbar

Cressida Cowell, Eoin Colfer and Kiran Millwood Hargrave

For Adults

Maggie O’Farrell – Giving New Life to Shakespeare’s Son

The Future-future perfect

While listening to a podcast the other day it’s suddenly struck me that now that we have the internet and podcasts and the like, we can play around with language more than ever before.

The host of the podcast said, with no sense that this was unusual, “I have a book coming out and by the time you hear this, it will have been published tomorrow.”  I love the idea that nowadays an action can have been completed in the future. I’m not sure what we should call this tense – the future-future perfect perhaps?

Qualification levels

This is something I refer to often, so again I thought my website would be a handy place for me to keep it so I can always find it when I need it.