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  • Metaphrog working with pupils from Kaimes on their illustrations

    Using graphic novels in special needs settings

    Want to enthuse your learners with a new way to express themselves? Creating comics can generate some inspiring results, as John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs from Metaphrog explain below. In March 2012 we went to spend a whole day at Kaimes school in Edinburgh to talk to some of the pupils and...

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  • Just between us...

    In this two-part blog, historical novelist and mystery writer Sara Sheridan explores the changing relationship between writers and their readers. In the good old days it was simple – writers wrote books and retreated, in an air of mystery, to their studies (academics), boudoirs (romantic novelists...

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  • Finding Your Inner Child (and letting it go)

    When I was a child I started a lot of stories. I don’t think I ever finished one. By the time I was an adult I had built up a database of about 50 first lines of short stories, most of which were never completed. As a novelist, however, I’ve found that publishers are usually keen for you to finish...

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  • Language is caught – not taught

    Marc Lambert, Scottish Book Trust CEO, recently wrote an opinion piece about why the teaching of reading and writing should be deferred a few years. Marc reminds us that “teaching someone to read does not make them a reader”. In fact, attempting to teach reading and writing before children are...

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  • CBBC Writers Lab: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse…

    For writers with a passion for children’s work the CBBC Writers Lab, run by the hugely talented CBBC Scotland Development Team and the Scottish Book Trust, was like Christmas come early – four days of playing with ideas for kids! The Lab provided a unique insight into the workings of children’s TV...

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  • Finding the Truth

    I am a scientist. It's the way I was educated; it almost feels like the way I grew up. W here is the proof? is a question often running through my mind. Where is the evidence? But I'm also a writer. It doesn't feel like the way I grew up, but it does feel like the person I grew up to be. And the...

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