I loved Book Week Scotland 2015! It was a busy week – I traveled 560 miles, met 440 children, inspired 65 multi-feathered multicoloured pine cone capercaillie creations, visited five local authorities and performed eight events about three books. Here are the highlights:
The Scottish Book Trust announced a list of the 50 most influential novelists on twitter in advance of Book Week Scotland and to my surprise, I was at number 35! Was really good to see many children’s authors on the list.
— Edd McCracken (@EddMcCracken) November 18, 2015
Leith Library: Edinburgh
The first events I did were with the lovely St Mary’s Primary School at my local (and favourite) library, Leith Library.
I added a Poo or False quiz to the ‘Grouse and Mouse‘ interactive story event so this was a chance to test it out. I may have slightly overdone the number of samples for this first session and have since added many more science links (e.g. when trying to count black grouse you may instead look for these droppings!)
— Emily Dodd (@auntyemily) November 21, 2015
Leith Library was home for nine months when I worked as the Scottish Book Trust / Creative Scotland Reader in Residence. It was lovely to be back and to see the familiar faces of staff – thanks everyone for having me!
Find Leith Library on Facebook here.
Read-a-Licious Book Festival, Peebles
It was lovely to be at Read-a-Licous Book Festival for a second year with two new book events. I did a Grouse and the Mouse with 120 very excited nursery to P2 pupils:
Image Credit: Read-a-Licious Book Festival. Find the Eastgate Theatre on Facebook here.
Followed by my first Volcanoes and Non Fiction writing show with 60 Primary 4 and 5!
— Emily Dodd (@auntyemily) November 25, 2015
Carrbridge Primary School in the Cairngorms
I met a child who had a female capercaillie visit his house! I still haven’t seen one myself yet.
Carrbridge is a caperaillie conservation area so engaging the local school by sharing about these amazing birds was a real privilege. Plus now every child in Carrbridge can dance like a capercaillie.
Sinclairtown Library and Newburgh Library, Fife
I had the most lovely welcome from staff and children in Fife!
I saw 120 children over two events. One girl called Emily (not me – it was a child!) knew all about owl pellets – she proudly shared her expert knowledge during the now improved, poo or false quiz. I was very impressed with the overall enthusiasm for wildlife in Fife. We also sold around 80 books that day so I hope many children and parents are enjoying wildlife themed bedtime stories!
Friday was amazing – a lie in, then afternoon tea at Mimi’s and in the evening it was ‘The Lady in the Van’. I’m still recovering from a bad back so was really tired after lots of driving and events. This day made all the difference.
The Language Hub, Glasgow
Saturday was my final event, a trip to The Language Hub for a family Grouse and Mouse event. It’s a lovely wee venue in Glasgow:
I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who helped organise events and to the children and grownups who came to celebrate reading with me for Book Week Scotland!