Author returns to source of inspiration for book tour of Shetland and Orkney

Press release - 11 April 2012

650 school pupils from Shetland and Orkney will meet a master of ancient mystery as writer Michelle Paver will be touring local schools on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, from Monday 23rd April to Friday 27th April.

Michelle will visit nine schools this month for the second Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of 2012. Best known for her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series she is passionate about researching her work to ensure her young readers have an authentic experience of the Stone Age world. In order to perfect her stories of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers she has studied archaeology and tribes from all over the world including Inuits and American Indian peoples, the San of Africa, the Ainu of Japan, and the Sami of Lapland.

During the tour, Michelle will talk to pupils about the importance of really understanding the subject matter, practising creative writing and descriptive prose. At each school she will reveal why Shetland inspired her, answering questions from pupils on her characters and books, and signing books for fans.

Michelle commented: “I visited Shetland years ago and loved it (despite being attacked/dive-bombed by bonxies!). That trip helped make me a writer, so I'm thrilled to be returning on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Trust Tour, and to be seeing Orkney for the first time. I'm looking forward to some lively exchanges about storytelling, the Stone Age and ghosts - maybe with the odd bit of wolf talk thrown in."

Michael Merillo, acting children's events manager at Scottish Book Trust, added: “Our aim is to inspire children across the country through reading, writing and imagery, and Michelle’s work fits perfectly with that ethos. Pupils in Orkney and Shetland are bound to be enthralled by Michelle and her tales of a Stone Age world, and what could be better than hearing the stories first hand from their author?”

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.

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