Literacy and English

Attending a writer event can lead to some fantastic cross-curricular learning. This resource, created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, gives you lots of ideas to help maximise the impact of a writer visit.

Michelle Sloan and Kasia Matyjaszek's book The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. You can hear Michelle and Kasia read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

Chae Strathie and Nicola O'Byrne's picture book Gorilla Loves Vanilla has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. You can hear Chae read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

Debi Gliori and Alison Brown's picture book Little Owl's Egg has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. You can hear Debi read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

In January 2017, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took brilliant illustrator and author Nick Sharratt to Liverpool for an extra special week of school events. Nick saw 2400 P1-4 pupils from 19 schools, and inspired lots of wonderful drawings during his workshops.

Storyteller and author of The Fabled Beast Chronicles and The Spellchasers Trilogy Lari Don gives her top tips for creating gripping and nail-biting cliffhangers. 

Storyteller and author of The Fabled Beast Chronicles and The Spellchasers Trilogy Lari Don gives her top tips on how to keep a plot moving.  

Storyteller and author of The Fabled Beast Chronicles and The Spellchasers Trilogy Lari Don gives her top tips on how to create great characters. 

Dave Hook, frontman of the hip hop band Stanley Odd, gives advice on how to write your own lyrics and how to make your voice heard. 

Attending a writer event is a fantastic experience for pupils, whether you invite a writer into school or go out to see one at a festival. This handy guide, created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, will help you prepare pupils and yourself for getting the most out of any event.

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