Spring read inspires budding writers
Popular teen fiction writer Allan Burnett delighted aspiring young authors at Kilmarnock Academy this week.
His visit to the school was part of this year’s Spring Read Festival, now in its sixth year, which is organised by school librarians and Live Literature Scotland, to give S1-S4 pupils opportunities to meet working authors.
A writer, historian and journalist, Allan loves to bring the past to life in his workshops. His series of And All That children’s history books is extremely popular and has been described as ‘bold but thoughtful… studded with (usually macabre) jokes’ (The Scotsman).
Other authors visiting local secondary schools as part of Spring Read are New York-born novelist Teresa Flavin and highlander Barry Hutchison, who writes about ‘Invisible Fiends’.
Many schools have been running events celebrating reading and writing, such as quiz heats for the Readers’ Cup, book swaps, book fairs, displays and contests.
Graham Short, Executive Director of Educational and Social Services, said: “It is important for young people to experience the enjoyment which can come from reading and to develop their writing skills. The Spring Read provides opportunities for pupils to do these things, as well as inspiring their creativity.”
This event is jointly funded by East Ayrshire Council and the Live Literature Fund, which is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and managed by the Scottish Book Trust.
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