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James Carter

This March the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will be travelling to the sunny streets of Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire with the playful poet James Carter. We will be visiting ten schools for a week of fantastic events for primary school pupils.

James will be whipping over 1000 pupils into a frenzy of imagination and excitement with poetry, music and sing-a-long songs.

During the tour we will bring you all the tales from the road with plenty of pictures, videos and a daily blog from James. In the meantime you can have a look at our author facts, book recommendations and activities or enter our competition for the chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of ‘How to Turn Your Teacher Purple’ – sizzling science poems selected by James Carter. (age 6 – 12 range)

Author Factfile

  • James Carter is an award winning poet and guitarist.
  • James keeps an envelope in his back pocket at all times – just in case an idea crops up!
  • He gets all his ideas from the magic wood at the back of his house (or so he claims!)

On the Bookshelf

Journey to the Centre of my Brain!

Last night I had the strangest dream. I’m in a cavern dark and deep. The like before I’ve never seen. I try, but fail, to wake from sleep. Cobwebs cluster on the walls. Echoes echo to and fro. Moss is forming on the floors. Squeal and scuttles come and go. Ad so, I journeyed…through my brain. I won’t be going there again!!!
Stars, wooly mammoths, tigers, bugs and books. Sneak a peek into James Carter’s brain in this brilliant collection of poems!

Competition Time

For a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of How to Turn Your Teacher Purple please answer this simple question:

What does James write all his ideas on?

a) A notepad

b) A laptop

c) An envelope

d) his hand

The closing date is Wednesday 19 March. To enter, please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email. Read the full terms and conditions here.


Have a read and get some inspiration from these excellent activities you can do at home:

  • Shape poems
  • Investigating bugs
  • Exploring space

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with James’ tour on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find out more about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here.

Scottish Book Trust

The above was provided by Antonia Clark. Antonia is the Schools Events Co-ordinator at Scottish Book Trust.

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