Author John Fardell and children create a Mitchell-inspired mural during the Mitchell Library Pop-Up Festival in Glasgow, 1 DecemberIf you’re looking for a cracking way to mark the beginning of the new year, you sure could do worse than click the play button on our third Bookmarked podcast with the Scottish Book Trust. It’s a great show, featuring conversations about kids’ wild imaginations with author and illustrator John Fardell, discovering the world of football with Rodge Glass and rubbing shoulders with the League of Extraordinary Booklovers.

Somerset Maugham Award-winning author Rodge Glass talks about sports and his new book, Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, in which I learn who Ryan Giggs is;

John Fardell takes a break from creating a mural at the Mitchell Library to share what it’s like to be an illustrator-in-residence, how kids constantly surprise him and who his favourite illustrators are;

2012 New Writers Award winners Andrew Sclater and Roy Gill discuss how the award changed their lives and their writing and what we can expect from them in the future;

Karen Cunningham, head of Glasgow libraries, speaks about the future of books during Book Week Scotland;

Three members of the League of Extraordinary Booklovers talk about how they were chosen, what their mission is and what books they were eager to recommend.

Wow! This was a fantastic podcast to make and record, these guys are really clued in on a massive range of ideas, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have a much greater understanding of the metaphorical import of Ryan Giggs. Enjoy.