David Walliams to Appear in Classrooms Across the UK

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David Walliams, the multi-talented actor, writer, comedian and children’s author, is to take part in a live internet broadcast to tens of thousands of children across the UK on 10th May.

The free Authors Live event, run by Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning, will be filmed in London and streamed live from the BBC Scotland Learning website on Thursday 10th May at 11am. It will also be available to watch afterwards for free on the Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning websites.

Authors Live is funded by Creative Scotland’s ‘First in a Lifetime’ programme which aims to increase participation in creative activity during 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland.

Fans of Walliam’s children’s books are invited to tune in as he treats them to a reading of his hilarious new book, Gangsta Granny, and reveals how he approaches writing. The event is suitable for children aged 7-12.

In 2008 David released his first book for children, The Boy in the Dress, to great acclaim. The follow-up in 2009, entitled Mr Stink, won the People's Book Prize Award, and has since been adapted for stage and cinema. David’s third book, Billionaire Boy, was one of the biggest hits of 2010, and his latest book, Gangsta Granny, was published in March 2012.

Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben, who is bored every time he is made to stay at his grandma’s house, as all she wants to do is to play board games and eat cabbage soup. But then Ben finds out she was once an international jewel thief and they hatch a plot to steal the crown jewels.

Commenting on the upcoming event, David said:

“I tend to write books which I would like to read, and which make me laugh.  If you can get kids laughing and tell a good story, they’re much more likely to see reading as something which is a fun thing to do in their free time, and which is an enjoyable alternative to playing computer games or watching TV.
“It’s a fact that most children these days are pretty comfortable in front of a computer screen, so streaming me live into classrooms and people’s homes via the Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live event is a great way to generate a real buzz around reading, and hopefully encourage even the most reluctant of readers to get stuck into a book.”

Chris Newton, Acting Children’s Programme Manager of Scottish Book Trust, added:

“We are absolutely delighted that David has been able to spare the time in his incredibly hectic schedule to take part in the fourteenth Authors Live broadcast. His books are a fantastic blend of humour and touching emotional observations, and they appeal to a broad spectrum of younger readers.”

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland, said: 

”David Walliams reading his own story will be an amazing, fun experience for children and bring the joy of reading to a new audience.  Through activities like this, Creative Scotland is supporting thousands of First in a Lifetime opportunities for people who’ve had few chances to enjoy the arts, during this, the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.” 

The award-winning Authors Live programme is an exclusive series of authors’ events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading children’s writers. Run by BBC Scotland Learning and Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing, the programme was the first of its kind in the UK. Anyone can sign up to watch and it is completely free.

David will be the fourteenth author to take part in the Authors Live programme, which began in March 2010 with poet Michael Rosen, followed by author of The Gruffalo and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. The programme has also seen events from world class authors Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, which have been watched by over 500,000 children across the UK.

All the events are available to watch again at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/authors-live/on-demand.

Notes to Editors:

  • Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to over 10 million people worldwide. www.scottishbooktrust.com
  • Creative Scotland has invested over £1.2 million to create First in a Lifetime opportunities for people to enjoy, or take part in, creative activity. The First in a Lifetime programme will offer many more people the opportunity to see, explore and enjoy a rich cultural life and we have invested in projects that will have a visible and lasting impact.
  • The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is the beginning of an exciting programme that will embrace London 2012 and celebrate Glasgow 2014. It's a chance to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage, and to position Scotland as one of the world’s most creative nations to audiences at home and across the world. Through a dynamic year-long programme of activity we will celebrate our world-class events, festivals, artistic and cultural heritage. Visit www.creativescotland.com for more information.


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