Spotlight on: Beth Crozier
This month we turn the spotlight on ourselves to introduce you to the newest member of the Scottish Book Trust Early Years team. Read on to find out about Beth, our Early Years Co-ordinator.
What did you do before coming to Scottish Book Trust?
I was working with NSPCC Scotland who are delivering six new programmes working with young children, with a real emphasis on early intervention and evidence-based practice. I was struck by hearing from the practitioners there about the importance of attachment and the difference that investment in early years can make. This was one of the reasons I wanted to work with the Bookbug programme. Before that I used to work in museums and auction houses valuing antiques, which involved rummaging for treasure in the bottom of boxes and hearing all the fascinating stories associated with family heirlooms - a bit like Scottish Book Trust's Treasures project!
What are you most looking forward to in your Early Years Co-ordinator role?
I'll also be working on the Annual Conference and I am looking forward to helping to co-ordinate an event that will allow for an exchange of ideas, support and development, and hearing from people who deliver the Bookbug sessions. I'm also really looking forward to Bookbug week – last year's events looked like so much fun!
I feel really lucky to be joining the team, to be able to help support such a vital programme that can reach every child and have a lifelong effect. I can't think of any better job than helping to enable children to engage with reading and their imaginations.
What is your favourite picture book/picture book author?
I think I have too many to list. I adored The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr: Creatures, a retrospective of her work, is on my Christmas list. I have vivid memories of Not Now Bernard by David McKee from when I was little, and I love being able to share them with my nieces and nephews now.
Aside from the wonderful world of picture books, which genres or authors do you like to read?
I will read absolutely anything I can lay my hands on, but at the moment I'm in the middle of a crime novel phase, although nothing too gritty or realistic! I particularly love Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories but can also recommend the Erast Fandorin series by Boris Akunin, which are really addictive.
What is your earliest reading memory?
Sitting on my big sister's lap, who was ten year's older, while she read Meg and Mog to me with her finger underlining the words as she went. I can't thank her enough for endlessly reading and re-reading books with me when I now realise that as she was a teenager she would probably rather have been reading something more exciting!
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I have one pointy ear and as a child I used to pretend I was a Gelfling from The Dark Crystal.