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Illustrator Draws Pupils into a World of Illustration in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire


Tour dates and times for media and photographers to attend included. If you are interested in an interview with Emily Gravett please contact [email protected] / 07763520003

One of the UK’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators, Emily Gravett, is set to visit schools in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire between 20-22 March as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

Brighton born Emily sprang into the limelight in 2005 with her ground-breaking book Wolves, which won her the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Her colourful and interactive books are a wonderful mix of simple, endearing tales and beautifully rich illustrations which have attributed critical acclaim and won her two Kate Greenaway awards.

Emily's diverse events will be lively and engaging and interactive and will include readings from her latest book, Tidy and a range of games and craft activities for over 300 pupils from Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire schools.

Commenting on the tour, Emily said:

I’m really excited about visiting schools on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. I’m looking forward to sharing some stories, doing some drawing and getting everyone shouting out and joining in.

The tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and organised by Scottish Book Trust. Every year schools in up to 12 local authorities in Scotland and two in England receive author visits to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration. The tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 90,000 children since it began in 1998.

Commenting on Emily’s tour, Calum Bennie, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly said:

Dumfries, Galloway and Ayrshire are parts of Scotland with a long literary heritage and it’s great to bring the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here once again. Emily’s captivating books mean she is certain to receive an enthusiastic welcome from young readers and budding artists in this part of the world.

Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 18 years, touring some of the finest children’s authors and illustrators including new Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.

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

We are really looking forward to visiting schools in Dumfries and Galloway and this is a fantastic opportunity to inspire pupils’ creativity and get them excited about reading, writing and drawing!


Tour dates and times for media and photographers to attend. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 07763520003

Monday 20 March

11.00am: Duncow Primary School, Kirkmahaoe, Dumfries, DG1 1TA

2.30pm: St Columbas Primary School, Shawhill Road, Annan DG12 6JX


Tuesday 21 March

10.30am: Calside Primary School, Calside Road, Dumfries, DG1 4HB

2.30pm: Cargenbridge Primary School, Waterside Rd, Cargenbridge, Dumfries DG2 8LL


Wednesday 22 March

10.30am: Whithorn Primary School, Whithorn, Newton Stewart DG8 8PN

2.30pm: Minnigaff Primary School, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart, DG8 6PE


Thursday 23 March

10:15am: Girvan Primary School, Wesley Road, Girvan,KA26 9AQ

2.15pm: Dalmilling Primary School, Harthall Ayr, KA8 0PD


Friday 24 March

10.00am: Heathfield Primary School, Heathfield Rd, Ayr KA8 9DR

2.30pm: Tarbolton Primary School, Tarbolton, Mauchline KA5 5PW

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