Kirkland Ciccone Replaces Laura Ruby in Schools Programme

We’re really disappointed that American author Laura Ruby will no longer be able to join us for the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme at the Book Festival this summer. However, we’re delighted that award-winning Scottish author Kirkland Ciccone will be valiantly stepping in and replacing her in the event for S3-S6 pupils on 23 August.

You can find out all about Kirkland’s event below:

Quirky Tales with Kirkland Ciccone
Wednesday 23 August, 10.30am-11.30am
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Kirkland Ciccone’s latest book, North of Porter, is an anarchic romp involving disappearing teenagers, JFK skulking in the schoolyard, crop circles, alien invasions and an unfortunate chain of events which leads to lunacy and darkness. In this event, Kirkland entertains you with the wacky ideas in his head and explains how he transforms some of them into books.


Kirkland Ciccone is the award-winning author of quirky novels for Young Adults including Conjuring the Infinite, Endless Empress and North of Porter. He has taken his hit book tour around school libraries across Scotland and he’s also the curator of Scotland’s first festival for Young Adult fiction, Yay! YA+. He was also a lead author as part of the Book Festival’s ReimagiNation Cumbernauld project.

Back in the Classroom…
Small town, big imaginations

From East of Eden to Catcher in the Rye, many writers explore growing up in a small town where ambitions seem thwarted and adults appear complacent. Explore why small towns are often an excellent setting against which to explore teenage rebellion, coming of age and a need to escape. Do you feel misunderstood in your home town?


North of Porter £7.99
Endless Empress £7.99
Conjuring the Infinite £7.99

Booking Information

If you had already booked tickets for your class visit to the Laura Ruby event, you should now have received an email about what to do next. If you have not received this email, please contact us at We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.

If you would like to book tickets for the Kirkland Ciccone event, simply complete the online booking form in the usual way. For more details on how to do this, visit our How To Book page.