Author Cathy MacPhail Launches Wee Write! Children's Book Festival
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Author Cathy MacPhail Launches Wee Write! Children's Book Festival

16/02/2015
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! 2015.”

 

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 available.

 

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.

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