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Etherington Brothers set to be a huge draw for Lanarkshire pupils

Primary school children in North and South Lanarkshire are set to receive a masterclass in comic book creation when dynamic writer-artist duo the Etherington Brothers visit Scotland later this month.

As part of the second Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of 2013, run by Scottish Book Trust, over 1,500 lucky North and South Lanarkshire primary school pupils will be invited into Robin and Lorenzo Etherington’s zany world of comic art and storytelling.

The brothers will visit ten schools during the tour, including five schools in North Lanarkshire from 13 to 15 May, and a further five schools in South Lanarkshire from 15 to 17 May.

The energetic and engaging Etherington Brothers are a British comic book duo who are changing how pupils and teachers up and down the country are thinking about comic books. With Robin writing and Lorenzo illustrating they show pupils how to devise original characters, worlds and stories for a 21st century audience. Aside from original material, the talented brothers have also produced comic work for Transformers, Star Wars, Wallace and Gromit, and Terminator. They’ve also worked on movies such as Dreamworks’ Monster vs. Aliens and Madagascar.

Commenting on their upcoming tour, Robin Etherington said:

It is a genuine honour to be invited to take part in the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. For over a decade Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Friendly have been exciting readers and writers and artists by bringing a host of incredible authors to schools and libraries across Scotland and England, and we feel truly privileged to join their ranks. We look forward to bringing our own brand of comic tomfoolery to the classrooms of Lanarkshire and to inspiring a new generation of young creators by demonstrating the power, freedom and fun to be found waiting within the pages of a good book.

Chris Newton, Children’s Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust added:

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to have the Etherington Brothers on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Their events are great fun and I can guarantee that children and adults alike will be spellbound. We hope that the brothers will inspire pupils in North and South Lanarkshire to have a go at writing and drawing their own comics, and most importantly have a long lasting impact on the children’s enthusiasm for reading.

Calum Bennie, Marketing Manager at Scottish Friendly, said:

Scottish Friendly has sponsored this wonderful children’s authors touring programme for 14 years now and it never fails to surprise me the sheer variety of writers and media that are available to children today. The Etherington Brothers are true originals and I’ve no doubt their comic art and storytelling are really going to amaze and inspire pupils in North and South Lanarkshire.

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, Scotland’s largest mutual with 150 years of experience. The main aim of the Tour is to encourage children’s love of literature through inspirational author visits, which bring their books to life.

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