Teen author Gillian Philip visits South West schools

Press release – 12th October 2011

Over 560 schoolchildren across the South West will meet renowned Scottish author Gillian Philip, who will visit as part of the next Scottish Friendly Book Tour, run by Scottish Book Trust.

Gillian’s thrilling novels deal with major social and cultural concerns facing young people in an imaginative and accessible way. Gillian says she sources inspiration from imaginary characters in her mind that dictate plots to her.

The tour will take place between 17 – 21 October 2011, visiting schools, colleges and libraries in the South West.  This is the third Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour showcasing Scottish talent in England in as many years, and the second to the South West. Gillian will read from her novels Crossing the Line, The Opposite of Amber and Bloodstone, providing a fascinating insight into the finely tuned writing process she has established.

Gillian’s first full length novel for young adults and adults, Bad Faith, was published in October 2008. She followed it up with Crossing the Line (Bloomsbury 2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books. She is currently writing the Darke Academy series for teens. Gillian released her latest book, The Opposite of Amber, in March this year as well as the second in a new series called Bloodstone which has been published to critical acclaim. 

Gillian commented: "I'm looking forward very much to the tour. It's a busy schedule, which is exciting - it's a great chance for me to visit so many different schools in the area, and I'm grateful to Scottish Friendly for sponsoring the tour."

Chris Newton of Scottish Book Trust added: “We are really looking forward to this tour. Gillian’s books are have wide appeal and are very accessible in the way that they incorporate realistic characters and many of the issues facing young people today. Her diverse fan base is testament to their appeal, and it is hugely positive for us to have another renowned author who will inspire so many children across the South West.”

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 England, and to bring literature alive in the unique magical way that only meeting the person who crafted the words can.

Tour details for press attendance

Tour: Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2011

Monday 17 October

  • 11.15am - St Katherine’s School, Pill Road, Pill, BS20 0HU
    60, Yr 8-10
  • 2pm – Broadoak School, Broadoak Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4NP
    70, Yr 7,-9 (girls)

Tuesday 18 October

  • 11.30am – Chipping Sodbury School, Bowling Road, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6EW
    60, Yr 7-8
  • 2.15pm Broadlands School, St Francis Road, Keynsham, Broadands, BS31 2DY
    40, Yr 7-8

Wednesday 19th October

  • 11am - Norton Hill School, Charlton Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4AD
    60, Yr 9
  • 2pm – Hayesfield School, Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, BA23LA
    150, Yr 9 – MEDIA CALL

Thursday 20th October

  • 10.15am - Henbury School, Marissal Road, Henbury, BS10 7NJ
    60, Yr 9
  • 2pm – Redland Green School, Redland Court Road, Redland, BS77EH
    80, Yr 8-9

Friday 21st October

  • 9.35am – Marlewood School, Vattingstone Lane, Bristol, BS35 3LA
    60, Yr 9 

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