Bookbug Week Events Supported by Live Literature

The Live Literature Programme works with you to bring authors and illustrators from across Scotland to your community. Over 1000 events are supported by Live Literature every year, taking place in schools, nurseries, community centres, and even within local book groups. 

As we mark the start of Bookbug Week 2016 today, we thought we'd highlight some of the wonderful events that have been made possible with the help of Live Literature funding:

Kids at a story time session
During May, Home-Start Edinburgh West and South West are encouraging families to share stories together. Their application for funding from Live Literature was successful, and they were delighted to invite Ruth Kirkpatrick from Stories Allways to run an event for Bookbug Week with families who found sharing books a challenge. Their storytelling event will take the shape of a workshop focused on developing parents' skills and confidence, as well as a story time session with the children. It seeks to break down barriers to enjoying stories as a family and is part of a wider programme of events taking place during Bookbug Week, including Bookbug sessions at local community groups and 1-1 support sessions on how to get the most out of sharing stories with children.


Mrs Mash
Over in Glasgow, we are delighted that Live Literature has helped to bring four events to life for children aged 3-5 years. Storyteller Robbie Fotheringham is hosting events at Elder Park and Parkhead Libraries, with her fun stories from around the world. Robbie loves to encourage children to contribute their ideas, and traditional fairy stories are great favourites of hers. Children can expect to see finger puppets, a little green frog (not real, of course!) and songs a plenty! In addition, Mrs Mash – a storytelling cook - will be delighting children with her tales of food to encourage healthy living at Drumchapel and Possilpark Libraries (pictured left). Served up with a helping of songs, rhymes and interaction, these are set to be fabulous events for children and grown-ups alike.

Organisers of Glasgow's Bookbug Week calendar believe that having Mrs Mash and Robbie Fotheringham along to Glasgow will enhance their 'already busy programme' and 'help contribute towards services for 0 – 5 year olds'.


Cant Dance Cameron
Culture Perth and Kinross will be rounding off an exciting week of special events to celebrate Bookbug week with a visit by popular children’s author Emily Dodd. Emily will visit Strathearn Library in Crieff on Saturday 21 May to entertain with music, stories and dancing from her engaging children's book, Can't-Dance Cameron. With a passion for science, wildlife and storytelling, Emily is the perfect choice for their finale event. Children and parents will have the opportunity to learn some new moves with Cameron the Capercaillie, the worst dancer in the Scottish Cairngorms! This free event starts at 11am and is suitable for families with children aged 3-6 years. 


If your nursery, playgroup, community group or library would like to apply for funding to bring a Bookbug Week event to life next year, please sign-up to our e-updates for details of future application deadlines. 

In addition, Scottish Book Trust is delighted to offer a brand new pilot programme that will offer 6 schools or nurseries in Scotland a fully-funded author-in-residence. The application deadline is Wednesday 25th May so you need to get in quick!