It actually happened!
And it was amazing. No seriously, it was amazing. School buses, the press, authors and all sorts of YA loving book types came to Cumbernauld Theatre to celebrate the Teen Reads Scene of Scotland. The day was kicked off by Kirkland Ciccone, who resembled not so much Barbarella but Barbarfella in his tin foil top and ray gun. “Welcome to the first annual Hunger Gam…oh wait!” The auditorium was packed with teenagers, who were then split into groups. One lot of teens stayed in the auditorium to see a trailer of the new movie version of Cathy MacPhail’s classic YA chillfest Another Me. Then Cathy arrived to discuss her books in front of an enraptured audience. Theresa Breslin followed, arriving with a gas mask on her face! *it was fabulous* She discussed her classic books while the screen behind her showed slides of various book covers. Pupils asked questions about Divided City and Ghost Soldier, which Theresa answered, and then she moved aside to give Barry Hutchison his turn with the microphone! TIP: don’t buy him a squirrel. Don’t even mention squirrels to him. Don’t even think about squirrels when he’s around. DON’T DO IT.
Meanwhile, around the theatre, the other teenagers were escorted by the Front of House team led by Lorna to each author who performed a reading from their books. The pupils loved this part of the day because they got to explore the innards of the old theatre, and they got to see their favourite authors face to face. Lari Don, Matt Cartney, Linda Strachan, V.C. Campbell, Roy Gill and Alex Nye rose to the occasion in their individual areas. And every now and then…the pupils caught sight of Kirkland Ciccone and his metallic fashions of the future. His ray gun wasn’t armed with darts, because Kirkland knows that even in the future the potential for lawsuits is high!
Then the book shop opened. The place was mobbed and Scotia Books, who provided the book shop, sold a tonne of books. Hurrah!
Keith Charters, author of the Lee series, then came to the Theatre and hosted the panel. We had a very savvy audience, thank goodness.
And then it was all over.
But what about next year?
Well that’s another story…