Schoolkids telling tales after star author visits
Children’s favourite tours to get children writing their own adventures
Little bookworms throughout Ayrshire have been enjoying storytelling from Bafta award- winning author and screenwriter Ciaran Murtagh.
Ciaran has been visiting primary schools in North, South and East Ayrshire, helping primary four to seven pupils create their own adventure.
So far he has visited Crosshouse Primary and Barshare Primary School and Supported Learning Centre and the tour, which is provided completely free of charge to schools, is sponsored by Scottish Friendly and run by Scottish Book Trust.
Ciaran Murtagh is a star in the world of children’s literature.
He has over 30 books to his name, including The Genie and The Dino series.
Ciaran has written for some of the best- loved TV shows, including ‘ Dangermouse’, ‘ Mr Bean’ and ‘ The Legend of Dick and Dom’.
His most recent series ‘ The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer’ features a 12- year- old aspiring stuntboy- rockstar.
In the first book in this series, ‘ Stuntboy’, Fin is given a magical and mysterious diary which changes his life in the most unexpected and often hilarious ways.
The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer won the Leicester Best Book Award and prior to that Ciaran won a Riveting Reads Award for ‘ Genie in Training’.
Ciaran said: “Scotland is a land full of stories and I’m thrilled I get the opportunity to devise some more alongside the children I meet on tour.” David Strain, Scottish Friendly’s community manager, said: “We are excited to have Ciaran touring with us for the first time.
“Not only will pupils get to meet a star author, Ciaran is sure to leave a lasting impression as he shows pupils how to create stories for themselves.”
Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 19 years, touring some of the finest children’s authors and illustrators including former children’s laureate Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Bringing an author into schools is hugely inspiring for pupils and we are delighted to work with Scottish Friendly to share this magic with young people in East Ayrshire.
“Ciaran’s visit will generate excitement about reading and inspire the children to write their own stories.”
Ciaran is sure to leave a lasting impression David Strain
Inspiration Ciaran Murtagh