Childrens Author To Reveal the Scots Background Behind Movie on Inverness Tour

Press release – 22nd September 2011

Over 1200 children from 17 schools across the North of Scotland are to get a taste of Hollywood, as they meet, Cressida Cowell, the author behind the highly successful How to Train your Dragon series of books and recent Oscar nominated movie of the same name, as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

The globally famous author grew up between London and a Scottish west coast island, the inspiration for her books, and the name of which has never been disclosed. Cressida is passionate about promoting reading and these school sessions will provide the perfect opportunity for her fans to think about creating their own stories, and discover more about the mysteries of dragons. Cressida has published 17 books to date including The Seasick Viking, There’s No Such Thing as a Ghostie!, and That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown. In 2006 she won the Nestle childrens’ book prize for her Emily Brown picture books. Her Hiccup series of nine How to Train Your Dragon books are universally popular, selling over 3 million copies world-wide, and it was this success that led to the first Dreamworks film achieving huge box office sales, with the sequel set for release later in 2014.

The tour details are as follows:

  • 27th September AM – Rosebank Primary, Nairn (300 p4-7 inc. pupils from Auldearn PS & Cawdor PS)
  • 27th September PM – Inverness Royal Academy, Inverness (330 P4-7 inc. pupils from Lochardil Primary, Aldourie Primary, Cauldeen Primary, Bunsgoil Ghaidhlig and Stratherrick Primary)
  • 27th September 5.00pm – Public book signing at Waterstones, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • 28th September AM – Kirkhill Primary, Kirkhill (100 P4-7)
  • 28th September PM – Avoch Primary, Avoch (200 P4-7 inc. pupils from Munlochy Primary and Avoch Primary )
  • 29th September AM – Dornoch Primary, Dornock (130 P4-7 inc. pupils from Edderton Primary and Boner Bridge Primary)
  • 29th September PM – Bridgend Primary, Alness – (200 P4-7 inc. pupils from Coulhill Primary)

Following these events, on 6 October, National Dragonese Day, Scottish Book Trust will broadcast a film of Cressida’s live Edinburgh appearance on the Scottish Book Trust website.

Cressida commented: “The Scottish Friendly Book Tour will be a great chance to visit schools and meet the writers of the future in some of my favourite parts of Scotland. I am always struck by the excitement for stories and freshness children have. Their enthusiasm brings my dragons to life and I am looking forward to hearing them speak Dragonese ahead of National Dragonese day on the 6 October.”

Chris Newton of Scottish Book Trust added: “Cressida’s books are loved by so many children, it is hugely positive for us to have another renowned author who will inspire so many talented children. I am also looking forward to her Meet Our Authors Special Event in Edinburgh, which will be available to watch online on National Dragonese Day.”

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, Scotland’s largest mutual and one of the UK’s leading friendly societies and is run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing. The tour aims to bring the best children’s authors directly to young readers around Scotland and bring literature alive in the unique magical way that only meeting the person who crafted the words can.

Photocall times for each events are as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 September:
    10.45am Rosebank Primary School, Academy Street, Nairn, IV12 4RB
    2.30pm Inverness Royal Academy, 2 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 6RE
  • Wednesday 28 September:
    10.30am Kirkhill Primary, St Mary’s Road, Kirkhill, IV5 7NX
    2.30pm Avoch Primary, Station Road, Avoch, IV9 8PS
  • Thursday 29 September:
    10.45am Dornoch Primary, Evelix Road, Dornoch, IV25 3HR
    2.30pm Bridgend Primary, Ardross Road, Alness, IV17 0QA

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