Books and Films

Noo den

I hope you are all well, sincerely. I am good, exhausted, but good. Just had the most amazing week touring around Scottish Secondary Schools as part of Book Week Scotland. Let me extrapolate, from my own brain, here:


For anyone not aware, Book Week Scotland is an event of seven days, coincidence, to celebrate books and reading touring events and workshops around the country. The theme this year was Rebels, and I got asked what with being a writer of comedy, to visit schools and explain how to begin writing jokes.

Here is me and the book week car, comfy, beautifully decorated and I have to say, those miles to the gallon were impressive. Note: it also had four wheels, not counting the spare in the boot.

I have performed stand up at the Fringe, in pubs and clubs, charity events, but nothing is as nerve-wracking as performing sets in schools before each presentation. Not just because the audience was sober and also I was sober, no, the nerves was because bairns are honestly the funniest beings. The workshops were amazing fun and they came up with so many jokes and routines I hope to steal. I won’t. I couldn’t, I can’t keep up with the jargon, although I was taught and now understand ‘mood’.

For instance.

This is a mood:

If I was in pyjamas it would be a big mood.
I still maybe have this wrong.

The Book Week Scotland Tour travelled from the highlands to the lowlands, visiting ten schools, and taking in some sights along the way. Like toilets:

They were in Rothesay, highly recommended.

Also saw some of my kin whilst eating ice-cream. Hiyi:

It was the most amazing week, but if you feel you have missed out: never fear! It is run by the Scottish Book Trust, who run events all year round, and, if you are a school, how are you reading thing you are an inanimate building that is insane, but if you work in a school there is a whole pool of authors you can find to do workshops for your pupils. Just check out the website:

http://www.scottishbooktrust.com

Anyhow, just when you thought Saturday hit, schools were closed and it was time to rest, old school Sabbath-style. I went on a road trip, again, but this time, to Campbeltown for the Scottish Comedy Film Festival’s Slapstick Weekend at Campbeltown Picture House.

I was part of Bunkered 2.0, curated by Shona Thomson, an afternoon of watching great comedy from the television archives. There were also a few of my BBC The Social films screened and after we had a chat about writing jokes for film and on creating comedy in rural locations.

So it’s been one of the busiest weeks of my year so far, but it has been amazing, from Book Week Scotland where Rebelling was core to Campbeltown where we celebrated slapstick. So now it’s Monday I am off to rest.

Anyway, enough blog post. See dee again, or as they say here:

 

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