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Painting by Sir James Guthrie - the Gypsy Fires are Burning for Daylight Past and Gone

Inspiring poetry through art in the secondary classroom

Using images as a stimulus for writing can often unlock pupils' creativity, as English teacher Gordon Fisher found when he introduced pupils to a painting by Sir James Guthrie. In this blog post Gordon shares the approach he took to get pupils writing poetry inspired by the painting. Gordon has also made some of the pupils' work available for download, as well as some of the worksheets and presentations he created during the project.

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Five Tips for Writing Fantastic Non-Fiction

It’s an oft-repeated cliché, but fact truly can be stranger than fiction. Non-fiction writer Esther Rutter examines the challenges and charms peculiar to penning narrative non-fiction.

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3 Great Reasons to Try Audiobooks in Schools

Audiobooks have the potential to help struggling readers improve their comprehension skills, removing the barrier of decoding text. Listening Books provide a free service for students who would benefit from audiobooks - find out more in this blog post.

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Bookbug Detective: Photographic Books for Little Ones

Bookbug Detective helps a family looking for something for a little girl who loves Rod Campbell's Who's That?

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How Movies Can Help You Become a Better Writer

Children's and teen author Joan Lennon is back with a fabulous new fantasy story, Walking Mountain, which has already made our Teen Book of the Month. Joan is a firm believer that watching films can make you a better writer; in this blog post she outlines a few reasons why (and one way books have one up on films).

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Scottish Book Trust Shortlisted for 2017 Charity Times Award

A project in partnership with Scottish Gas to develop pupils' skills in reading and writing in one of Edinburgh's most deprived areas has been shortlisted for the Corporate Community Local Involvement category

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Celebrating EIBF: Top Books from 1983

To celebrate the start of the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, we take a look at some of the best books published in the year of its inception.

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Tips for writing funny stories from #LOLLIES-shortlisted authors and illustrators

Scholastic have announced the shortlisted books for the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017, and to celebrate, we've asked the shortlisted authors to share their top tips for writing rib-tickling stories!

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Bookbug Picture Book Prize Shortlist Revealed

Every P1 in Scotland will be gifted a copy of the shortlisted books #BookbugPrize The shortlist for the 2018 Bookbug Picture Book Prize has been announced today as voting for the winner opens. Scottish authors Michelle Sloan, Debi Gliori and Chae Strathie, and illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek, have...

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How to Get the Most Out of the EIBF as a New Writer

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is brilliant for booklovers of all stripes, but how do you get over your nerves (and minor inferiority complex) and make the most of it as a new writer? Rebecca Smith tells all.

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