Au­thor is all write with He­riot pupils

Kids cre­ate their own story

Paisley Daily Express - - News - Ken­neth Speirs

A top chil­dren’s au­thor de­lighted young­sters at Pais­ley’s He­riot Pri­mary School with his pas­sion for his craft.

And Cia­ran Murtagh, au­thor of The Ge­nie and The Dino se­ries, in­spired the chil­dren so much that they even wrote their own story.

Craig McCrorie, deputy head­mas­ter of the school, said: “It was fab­u­lous.

“The word I would use is in­spi­ra­tional.

“He re­ally had a pas­sion for his work and he passed that onto the pupils.”

And Mr Murtagh, who has more than 30 books to his name, made up a story with the He­riot young­sters dubbed The Mu­si­cal Mus­tard.

“He told them to start with a ti­tle and go from there, be­cause ideas can come from the ti­tle,” Mr McCrorie said.

Us­ing a dic­tio­nary to chose let­ters and then words helped build the story, which told of a mum who was so fond of mus­tard that she even put it in her son’s break­fast ce­real.

Mr Murtagh was at the school as part of a tour or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Book Trust, dur­ing which he also vis­ited New­mains, Tod­holm and St James’ pri­mary schools.

London- based Mr Murtagh has writ­ten for some of the most pop­u­lar 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.

Mr Murtagh 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.”

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scot­tish Book Trust, said bring­ing an au­thor into schools is hugely in­spir­ing for pupils.

“Cia­ran’s visit will gen­er­ate ex­cite­ment about read­ing and in­spire the chil­dren to write their own sto­ries,” he added.

Sto­ry­time The au­thor holds the pupils spell­bound with this tale Lis­ten up The au­thor read from his lat­est book

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