First day of volunteering for Wee Write! 2014 – a day of awesomeness!
Wee Write! essentially spawns from Glasgow’s Book Festival, Aye Write!, and has a bunch of events dedicated to schools, where children get to meet authors and have a wee talk on their latest books and their profession.
Being one of the lucky volunteers, today I got to sneak in into one of the sessions, and I got to see two things that really made my day (and also made me eager to delve into the next volunteering day I have scheduled for next week): the first one is, of course, the author. I got to listen to Theresa Breslin‘s talk on some of her books and her writing methods – which was quite interesting, especially for the bit on how she researched for her novels set during WWI. You could really see why some people have that spark of talent that enables them to create whole worlds out of seemingly random details or accidents; the way she described her characters evolving almost independently also struck me as something only a writer, or an artist for that matter, would say.
The bits from Remembrance and Divided City where brilliantly read and got all of us catching our breath and eager to read the rest!
I will definitely go to the library tomorrow and exchange my half-read Pattinson with her Remembrance. Also, I was about to get in line with all the children to buy the book and get it signed, when I remembered I’m broke and that I would be spending a week worth of cheap and carefully rationed groceries on that T___T.
Apart from my personal miseries, the second really amazing thing of the talk were the kids: I thought it was amazing to see how they were enthralled during the reading and how they asked questions on what inspired TB, what were her favorite books (also, kudos for promoting Dickens to children!) and if she did her own translations (an adorable question, I think).
After the talk some (most) of them queued to buy a copy of her books and get them signed – but the other positive thing was seeing children taking out their own copies, battered and read, which kinda makes me hope in the future generations again.