20th Anniversary Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Nicola Davies
In May, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took the inspiring children's author Nicola Davies on an inrepid voyage to meet pupils in Arygll and Bute, the Highlands and the Western Isles for an amazing week of school events!
Nicola had previously toured with the Children's Book Tour in 2014 (to find out more visit out Touring Tales page). As part of the 20th Anniversary Celebrations the tour took Nicola back on the road (and sea) for a tour of the highlands and islands to meet some of Scotland most rural, remote schools for a fantastic week of events!
The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour started the week with a mad dash from Boswell Book Festival through Kintyre to catch the ferry to the Isle of Gigha! We couldn't resist the turqouise waters and went for a (very) quick dip after the long journey. We reconvened on the beach where we were joined by three schools from the Kintyre peninsula, totally 30 pupils! Parents and nursery children joined in as Nicola led an imagination session, using found items on the beach to gather ideas for a story. Pupils took to the task eagerly and found washed up Selkie skins, bones from giants and rocks from distant planets! In the afternoon Nicola helped to tie all the ideas together and wrote the items into a collaborative story!
Two ferries later and we made our way to Islay to visit Port Ellen and Keills Primary with a school roll of just 22! Nicola entertained the whole school with tales of lions and whales, teaching the schools how to talk 'whale'. We were also treated to some wonderful spiral poems about the effects of climate change as part of a special climate lab project run by Nicola. Some of the pupils at Port Ellen Primary School made it into the project's special poetry blog which you can download here.
We then spent two days on the mainland, working our way up Argyll & Bute, for our biggest session of the week with 225 pupils from Rockfield Primary School and in contrast the smallest event of the week, where Easdale and Luing Primary School's 12 P1-3 pupils were treated to an intimate session with Nicola exploring some of the most surprising animals on the planet.
Next we visted Ardnamurchan High School which played host to 4 schools from Strontian and surrounding area. Here Nicola explored some big themes from her picture books The Promise and King of the Sky. After a fly-by visit to Ballachulish Primary we dashed up the length of the Highlands and through Skye to catch the last ferry of the day to Harris! It was a close call but we made it! High winds almost meant we were stranded on Harris, but luckily the ferry sailed and we ended our week on a very blustery Uist at Balivanich and finally Daliburgh Primary.
Nicola's events took pupils on a whistle-stop tour around the globe and guided them through the wondrous, weird and whacky world of animals, as well as inspiring pupils to take a renewed look at nature and their local environment.
These events were FULLY FUNDED and all schools in Argyll and Bute, the Highlands and the Western Isles were invited to apply.