Wee Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival for Children & Young People is bringing dozens of writers, authors, gamers and online gurus to the Mitchell Library for two unforgettable family days. There is a mix of free and paid for events on both the family days on Saturday 25 February and Saturday 4 March.
The family days bookend a week of sessions designed exclusively for schools. You can find full details of the entire public programme and information on how to book tickets at www.ayewrite.com/weewrite
or you can book tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 or in person at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls and Tramway.
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “Wee Write! is all about bringing the magic to be found in books to a live event that will encourage young people to keep reading and visiting libraries. This year’s Wee Write! programme is full of sessions to fire the imagination, keep young people entertained and above all help develop their love of books and reading for pleasure and attainment.”
On 25 February, the Mitchell Library hosts a celebration of Harry Potter, 20 years after the boy wizard’s first adventures were published. Elaine C Smith brings us her translation of The Gruffalo into Glaswegian, Macastory take you on an energetic ride through some of the world’s greatest Myths and Legends.
Chae Strathie welcomes you to Cap’n Firebeard’s School for Pirates, Sirkka Fisk introduces young children to yoga in Omni and there’s a charming and witty puppet telling of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark and a workshop on how to create comic strips with John Fardell.
Free activity on 25 February includes Bounce and Rhyme, Bodyworks/Fitlab in association with the Glasgow Science Centre, Big Kid Twister, Toddlers Tales, Braw Tales for Bairns, Coderdojo@WeeWrite and the DigitalGarage @WeeWrite.
On 4 March the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre brings their telling of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and their Dinosaur Detectives story to The Mitchell. Join us for some Famous Five fun and find out if you have what it takes to be part of the mystery solving gang and Morag Hood brings us the deliciously funny tale of Lea the pea and his friend Colin the carrot.
Teenage writing sensation Estelle Maskame discusses her trilogy ‘Did I Mention I Love You?’, Spy Quest author David Goutcher talks about his use of augmented reality to bring his thrilling SpyQuest books to life, Kasia Matyjaszek tells us about Stockton the cat and Ariel Killick introduces Adventures with the Gaelic Tree Alphabet.
Free sessions on 4 March include the return of the popular Play, Talk, Read bus and more Coderdojo@WeeWrite sessions.
Margaret Houston, Wee Write! programmer said: “Every year thousands of children and young people come to Wee Write! to enjoy seeing books come to life and their favourite authors talking about their characters. This year the programme is packed full of fantastic writers, great performers and storytellers, offering something to really capture the hearts and minds of every young book fan. There is always a very special buzz at The Mitchell Library during a Wee Write! Family Day. I can’t wait to see you there”
Reading well, and with enjoyment, is a skill that unlocks opportunities for children both academically and throughout life. However, studies suggest that one in five children from poor families in Scotland leaves primary school unable to read well, a level four times as high as that of pupils from better off households, and one in seven children do not have a book of their own at home.
Whilst there is a direct link between low literacy levels and poor health, poverty and deprivation, Glasgow Libraries hopes to buck this trend through the Wee Write! Reading and Literacy Fund.
With reading vital to improving literacy levels, Glasgow Libraries hopes the new Wee Write! fund will open up a number of opportunities for young people across the city to develop of love of reading; supporting the development of valuable life-skills, signposting them on to education and employment pathways and enabling future generations to grow and prosper as active citizens.