Baillie Gifford Schools Programme brings books and characters to life

Baillie Gifford Schools Programme brings books and characters to life

From Julia Donaldson to Alan Bissett, this year’s Baillie Gifford Schools Programme features a host of best-loved authors and illustrators bringing their books and characters to life.

The programme runs from 19-27 August and gives school children from across Scotland the opportunity to experience the Book Festival magic by meeting their favourite authors and exploring the world of books and reading.

For younger children, this year’s line up includes a ten year celebration of You Choose with creators Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt, the latest adventures of Bob, the man on the moon with Simon Bartram, plus many fun events with an interactive focus.

For older pupils the programme offers plenty of gritty subjects to delve into, such as William Sutcliffe’s The Wall, a story of life in an occupied territory, and James Robertson’s exploration of belief in his thought provoking book The Testament of Gideon Mack.

For teachers and other education professionals our Continuing Professional Development events examine the latest ideas in educational thought and practice. CPD topics this year include the power of books in exploring profound issues such as the death penalty, and a follow-up to last year’s phenomenally successful event about dyslexia.

Find the full programme of events in the brochure. 

This year also sees the introduction of an exciting competition run by Baillie Gifford, the new sponsors of the schools programme. The Baillie Gifford Design a Book Cover competition gives primary school pupils the opportunity to showcase their creative talent and win some fantastic prizes. Full details can be found on the dedicated competition website.

Tickets for the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme go on sale on Tuesday 23 April. Full details of what’s in store and how to book can be found in the brochure which you can download from our website, or email to request a copy in the post.

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