Ard­na­mur­chan’s Algy set for High­land Book­shop event

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

The High­land Book­shop in Fort Wil­liam will be wel­com­ing Ard­na­mur­chan au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Jenny Chap­man and her friend Algy next week.

The au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor of the Algy, a Sur­pris­ingly Fluffy Bird se­ries, will be at the book­shop on Wednesday Oc­to­ber 18 be­tween 2pm and 3.30pm, when she will be read­ing from Algy’s first book, meet­ing young read­ers and also sign­ing books.

There are now three books in the Tales from the Ad­ven­tures of Algy se­ries, with a fourth sched­uled to be pub­lished next Easter.

The au­thor will also of­fi­cially launch a po­etry com­pe­ti­tion – in con­junc­tion with the book­shop – for chil­dren of pri­mary school age.

Algy him­self will be there to of­fi­cially meet the pub­lic for the first time!

Jenny said: ‘Algy is a unique char­ac­ter of my own cre­ation, who first ap­peared in a pho­to­graphic Tum­blr blog which started in March 2012 and has about 10,000 fol­low­ers from all around the world (ad­ven­tures of algy dot tum­blr dot com).

‘I love play­ing and cre­at­ing with lan­guage, and I know that chil­dren of pri­mary school age do too. So I pro­posed to the High­land Book­shop that we run a po­etry com­pe­ti­tion for lo­cal chil­dren in con­junc­tion with the Ad­ven­tures of Algy chil­dren’s events I’ll be do­ing in the shop, and they were de­lighted with the idea.

‘The com­pe­ti­tion will have two cat­e­gories, for dif­fer­ent age groups, and the full de­tails will be an­nounced at the event on Oc­to­ber 18, but ba­si­cally we will be ask­ing the five- to sev­enyear-olds to com­pose a short rhyme, and the eight- to 11-year-olds to com­pose a bal­lad. I’ll be dis­cussing how to write dif­fer­ent kinds of po­etry at the event. We’re hop­ing to en­cour­age as many lo­cal chil­dren to en­ter as pos­si­ble, and I will make sure that ev­ery­one who does so re­ceives at least a spe­cial post­card in re­turn.

‘There will be a sec­ond event on Saturday De­cem­ber 2, when I will be in the book­shop do­ing read­ings from Algy’s third book, The Mag­i­cal Mid­win­ter Star, and run­ning Christ­mas art ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren, in­clud­ing mak­ing a mag­i­cal mid­win­ter star and draw­ing a stag.

‘The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion will also be an­nounced, with prizes awarded.

‘All the Ad­ven­tures of Algy chil­dren’s books fea­ture a range of original rhymes and po­ems of vary­ing com­plex­ity – from rhyming cou­plets to a 10-page bal­lad – which is why we are run­ning this as a joint event (Ad­ven­tures of Algy and the book­shop). We are hop­ing to make this an an­nual event for lo­cal chil­dren.’

For any­one un­able to at­tend the event on Oc­to­ber 18, there will be en­try forms avail­able in the High­land Book­shop. The clos­ing date is Sun­day Novem­ber 19, and all en­tries are to be re­turned to the book­shop.

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