AUTHOR CATHY MACPHAIL LAUNCHES WEE
WRITE! SCOTLAND’S ONLY DEDICATED CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL
The full programme for Wee Write! 2015,
Scotland’s only major stand alone book festival for children, young people and
families has been announced, featuring a number of hugely popular and
multi-award winning children’s authors. Wee Write! 2015, which comprises
a free schools programme and separate family day celebration, is expected to
attract more than 15,000 people to over 100 events at the Mitchell Library from
2 to 7 March. Tickets for the Family Day are now on sale.
The week-long celebration of books and
reading returns after a successful debut last year, it was created by the
organisers of Aye Write!, Glasgow’s annual book festival, which celebrates its
tenth birthday in April.
Popular Scottish author Cathy MacPhail
will take part in the Wee Write! 2015 schools programme. She hosted a
pre-festival event at the Mitchell Library where 400 primary school children
joined her to launch her new World War 1 themed book Stars Shall Be Bright.
Pupils from Blairdardie Primary asked the author about her inspiration for the
book and had their novels signed by the author.
Cathy MacPhail said: “I’m a huge fan of
Aye Write! and I am honoured to launch its successful spin-off Wee Write! for
2015. My mother was always reading books and I was never away from the
library, I can always remember thinking what a wonderful place it was. It
was my mum who gave me my love of reading and I think it is the best gift we
can pass on to the next generation.
“Reading Stars Shall be Bright to the
children has allowed me to bring my story to life and I’m convinced that
inspires children to pick up other books. I also think meeting a real
life author, someone without a posh voice who lives not far from where they
live, can encourage young people to believe that they too could be an author
and to give writing stories for fun a go. If you’re in Glasgow come and
join us at Wee Write!”
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor
Archie Graham, added:” Wee Write! was an incredible success in 2014 and I am
delighted it is back this year. We are proud to host Scotland’s only
major stand alone book festival for children and families at the Mitchell
Library. We are certain the hugely entertaining range of events will
assist us in our quest to make reading and writing fun for young people.
I really believe that hearing such well respected authors speak firsthand is a
proven formula for inspiring children to become lifelong readers. I hope
many families will join us at the Mitchell Library on 7 March for Wee Write!
An exciting range of author events are
spread across the Wee Write! 2015 programme and all - with the exception of the
World Book Day celebration - will take place at the Mitchell Library in
Glasgow. Only family events are open to the public and tickets are now
The Family Day extravaganza on Saturday 7 March has a variety of
activities and events to suit children from early years through to young
adults. Highlights include a Mad
Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Toddler’s Tales
that will bring to life Sam McBratney’s delightful ‘Guess How Much I Love You’,
first published 20 years ago. There is also the amazing ‘Wimpy Kid’ show,
‘The Dinosaur That Pooped a…’ Show, created from the bestselling The
Dinosaur That Pooped picture book series and a chance to meet Katie Morag’s creator,
Mari Hedderwick. For young adults there is an opportunity for budding
graphic artists to join inspiring comic workshop sessions, run by professional
comic creators Garry Mac and Sha Nazir. Those more into their music might
prefer Stanley Odd’s Rap n’; Rhyme sessions.
Wee Write! includes a
free schools programme also dedicated to engaging pre-school, primary and
secondary pupils and aimed at bringing books to life for a new generation of
readers. It comprise an exciting range of inspiring author events such as the
Biggest Book Show on Earth, celebrating World Book Day on 2 March, followed by
a full series of events from 3 to 6 March by hit authors including Liz Pichon,
Steve Feasey, Lari Don, Chris Higgins and many more.
Wee Write! is
part of Glasgow’s annual book festival Aye Write! which will celebrate its
tenth birthday from 17 to 15 April 2015.
Full programme details and tickets for
the Wee Write! family day are available at www.ayewrite.com, by
calling 0141 252 8000 or in person at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.