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During February, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award winning author and illustrator, Catherine Rayner on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. This event will be Catherine’s first tour with Scottish Book Trust and will see her visiting schools all over Northern Ireland. Competition Time To celebrate Catherine’s tour, we are giving away a free copy of her picture book Abigail. Beautifully illustrated and written…


This January, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award winning poet, Joshua Seigal the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Joshua’s first road trip with Scottish Book Trust will see him visiting schools in both North and South Lanarkshire. Competition Time To celebrate Joshua’s tour, we are giving away a free copy of his poetry book I Don’t Like Poetry. This comically creative and silly selection…


There’s nothing nicer than snuggling on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn, a hot chocolate and a Christmas movie. But what movie do you choose? To help relieve the stress of choosing, here’s my top ten of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. So whether you want to watch just one or go through the whole ten hopefully it gives you some inspiration…


Most of us would agree it is a sensible idea to set aside some money each month for emergencies or to make sure we have enough to live on in retirement. But did you know you could be missing out on significant sums of money just because of the account you choose? Let me explain how. One of the most popular ways to save in…


The 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has reached its final stop after an incredible year of touring some of the most exciting names in children’s literature all over Scotland and the UK. This November we are taking inspirational author Phil Earle back on the road to visit schools in Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross! Phil’s first job was…


Autumn has well and truly arrived and so the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is heading south in search of warmer climes! We will be taking renowned, heavy-weight author Keith Gray back to his roots, visiting secondary schools across Lincolnshire where he grew up! Keith went from ‘reluctant reader’ at school to award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Runner and…


In 2018, Scottish Friendly is celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with the Scottish Book Trust. From 1998-2018 the tour has taken over 100 authors and illustrators to meet 100,000 children across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. This September, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award-winning author of the Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton back on the road. Andy first toured…


Today, Thursday 13 September 2018, is Roald Dahl Day, the annual, global celebration of the famous storyteller, his stories and his characters. An annual celebration, Roald Dahl Day happens on or around 13 September, the author’s birthday. Born in Llandaff, Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg Roald Dahl went on to write many classic books in his lifetime, including…


Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a 16th birthday party with a difference. For a start the venue for the birthday party was impressive – the Terrace overlooking the Thames at the Houses of Parliament no less! More importantly, the party wasn’t for a person, but for a special type of investment – the Child Trust Fund. Child Trust Funds were launched by the…


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