10 Scottish Schools Receive Free Author Residencies

Ailie Finlay
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Scottish Book Trust today announced the 10 schools who will receive fully-funded author residencies this school year to inspire a lifelong love of reading and writing and support learning professionals with their practice.

The Live Literature School Residency Programme is funded by Walter Scott Giving Committee and delivered by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing.

Schools across the country were invited to apply to the programme which brings professional authors into the classroom to inspire and engage pupils. Each school taking part in the programme will receive 10 residency sessions carried out by an author from Scottish Book Trust’s author database. This directory includes almost 700 professional writers, poets, playwrights, illustrators, performance poets and storytellers.

Each school’s project will be showcased on Scottish Book Trust’s website, alongside suggested learning resources and helpful tips to make the most of the residency sessions.

The 10 successful schools and their chosen authors are:

  • Ayr Academy, in South Ayrshire, will work with Claire McFall.
  • Caskieberran Primary School, in Fife, will work with John Fardell.
  • Craigentinny Primary School, in Edinburgh, will work with Janis Mackay.
  • Craigroyston Community High School, in Edinburgh, will work with Claire Askew.
  • Drumchapel High School, in Glasgow, will work with Cathy Forde.
  • Glenbrae Children’s Centre, in Inverclyde, will work with Ruth Kirkpatrick.
  • Kilpatrick School, in West Dunbartonshire, will work with Ailie Finlay (pictured).
  • Knightsridge Primary School, in West Lothian, will work with Christina Banach.
  • Langlees Primary School, in Falkirk, will work with Alan Bissett.
  • Our Lady’s Primary School, in Stirling, will work with Nick Hesketh.

John Fardell's workshop

John Hassett, Librarian at Drumchapel High School, said
: “We are really excited about the residency. We believe it will lead to an increased engagement with reading and writing by our pupils, as well as an improved motivation to learn. We can also see the development of social and collaborative skills, and an increased sense of self-worth, through working as a team and with the author.”

The residencies will run across the 2017-18 school year and finish by Easter 2018. Walter Scott Giving Committee is the sole funder of the Live Literature School Residency Programme and this is the second year they have financed it, following last year’s successful pilot of 6 residencies.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Bringing authors into the classroom makes books and storytelling come alive for pupils, and inspires their own writing and creativity.

“These residencies are a wonderful opportunity for the school community to work closely with a talented author over a period of time and create activities that can have lasting impact for the pupils. We are looking forward to seeing the work they produce and hearing about their experiences.”

Gemma Kennedy, Depute Head Teacher at Banchory Primary School, who held a successful pilot residency, said: “It was an absolute pleasure being part of this project. The impact has been so positive in terms of pupil motivation and engagement as well as the knowledge and skills the pupils have developed throughout.” 


Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Keara Donnachie, PR Officer at Scottish Book Trust, on Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184.

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include: 

  • Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.

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