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Renfrewshire pupils set for a close encounter with poet James Carter

Primary School pupils in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire will be getting lyrical this March as prize-winning poet James Carter begins his tour of ten schools in the area, combining music with poetry and science to enthuse students with the power of words.

As part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour 2014, 1114 primary school pupils will be invited to take part in Carter’s interactive, musical show.

James is the author of ten poetry books for children, including Greetings Earthlings (Macmillan), How to Turn Your Teacher Purple (A & C Black) and Time-Travelling Underpants (Macmillan) and five critically-acclaimed creative writing books for teachers. He was a major contributor to the 2009 Cbeebies animated poetry series ‘Poetry Pie’ and runs INSET Poetry days for primary teachers to give them the confidence and skills they require to facilitate creativity.

Having visited over 1100 schools in the last twelve years and worked as a writer-in-residence at numerous primary schools, James is enthusiastic about bringing his work into the classroom. He believes that writing poems is a dynamic way to get children interested in playing creatively with words.


Commenting on his upcoming tour, James said:

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to do a tour of Inverness primary schools as well as some shows at the Edinburgh Festival two summers in a row. And now I’ve got this tour coming up, and I am so looking forward to it. Are Scots audiences the best in the world? Without a doubt! My guitar is by the door and I’m ready to go…

Calum Bennie, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly, sponsors of the tour, said:

James Carter is living proof that books can be more than just novels. We’re thrilled that bringing this tour to Renfrewshire will let pupils see a totally different side to literature. Poetry and science bound together by music can’t fail to enthral James’ audience.

Beth Bottery, Schools Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust, which is organising the tour, added:

James’ music-infused performances are about more than just poetry, so expect him to arrive with his guitar in hand! He refers to songs as ‘little poems wrapped up in music” and encourages his audiences to play creatively with words. There’s even some science thrown in for good measure!

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 over 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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