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Pupils Share Myths and Legends on first ever Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in Northern Ireland

Tour dates and times for media and photographers to attend included. If you are interested in an interview with Lari Don please contact miriam.morris@scottishbooktrust.com / 07763520003

Award winning  author and storyteller Lari Don, will visit schools in Northern Ireland from 20 – 24 February as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.  Lari will share her love of myths, folklore and adventure stories with more than 1500 pupils from Belfast, Randlestown, Cookstown, Lurgan, Ballyclare, Lisburn and Londonderry.

The tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and organised by Scottish Book Trust. Northern Irish Arts organisation, BookTrust Northern Ireland and Libraries NI have worked closely with Scottish Book Trust to select schools and support the tour.  

Lari’s tour marks the first ever Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in Northern Ireland. 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 and The Tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 70,000 children since it began in 1998. 

Inspired by myths, legends and folklore from her native Scotland and beyond, Lari's events will be varied, inspiring and full of interactive fun. Pupils will take part in an adventure story workshop, looking at structure, plot points and creating tension. Lari will share her new adventure series of books, SpellchasersThe Beginner's Guide to Curses and retell myths that have inspired her own writing, encouraging pupils to rewrite their own favourite myths in return.

Commenting on the upcoming tour, Lari said:

I’m really excited about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of Northern Ireland next week. I’ve always been inspired mythology and magic, and I’m keen to share a few of my favourite Scottish stories!

This is a particularly exciting week for me to be talking about how and why I write, because the second book in my Spellchasers trilogy has just been published, so I will be sharing that and I’ll be chatting to pupils about writing adventure stories.  Hopefully, they’ll be writing their own exciting and magical stories long after I head back home across the Irish Sea!

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

Scottish Friendly is thrilled to bring the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to Northern Ireland for the very first time.  We’re doubly thrilled to be hosting Lari Don on this tour.  Children love nothing more than a great adventure story and to hear and see Lari speak in person will make for a spell-binding impression on pupils across Northern Ireland.

Liz Canning, Northern Ireland Manager of BookTrust said:

We're pleased to support Scottish Book Trust on their Northern Ireland tour and are delighted that our reading partners are visiting schools with storyteller Lari Don to encourage local school children to talk about their favourite books, get them excited about reading and hopefully inspire them to write their own stories.

Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 19 years, touring some of the finest children’s authors and illustrators including Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Julia Donaldson.


Photocall

You are invited to send a photographer/camera crew along to one of these special photo-calls with Lari Don and children while she is participating in the tour, please RSVP to miriam.morris@scottishbooktrust.com or call 07763520003

Monday 20 February

11.30am: Holy Child Primary School, Central Drive, Creggan Estate, Londonderry BT489QQ

2.30pm: Hollybush Primary School, 10 Ardan Rd, Londonderry BT48 8JN

Tuesday 21 February

10.30am:  St Joseph’s Primary School, 40 Bridge Rd, Dunloy, Ballymena  BT44 9EF

2.15Pm: St Patrick’s Primary School,244 Garron Rd, Glenariff, Ballymena  BT44 0RB

Wednesday 22 February

10.30am: St Comgall’s Primary School, 1 Ballymena Rd, Antrim BT41 4JG

2.30pm: Phoenix Integrated Primary School, 80 Fountain Rd, Cookstown BT80 8QF

Thursday 23 February

10.30am: Carrick Primary School, Sloan Avenue, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 8NY

2.30pm: Templepatrick Primary School, 5 Lylehill Rd, Ballyclare  BT39 0AQ

Friday 24 February

10.30am: Lisburn Central Primary School, 52-56 Hillsborough Rd, Lisburn, BT28 1JJ

2.15pm: St Mary’s Star of the Sea PS, 730-760 Shore Rd, Belfast  BT15 4HL