Schoolkids telling tales af­ter star au­thor vis­its

Chil­dren’s favourite tours to get chil­dren writ­ing their own ad­ven­tures

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE LIFE - Lor­raine Howard

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

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