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Ciaran Murtagh, author and screenwriter, gives his top tips on writing for the screen. Ciaran has written for some of our best-loved TV shows, including Dangermouse, Mr. Bean, The Amazing World of Gumball and Shaun the Sheep.

Scottish writer John Fardell has proved a firm favourite with young readers ever since The 7 Professors of the Far North was published in 2004! His picture books, Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten, were voted by children as Scotland's favourite picture books in 2009 and 2012. This resource will help you explore these two books, plus two of John's chapter books, in the classroom.

Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon Interview

Age: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14
Curriculum areas: Literacy and English
Format: Video
Authors: Liz Pichon

The Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon has enjoyed phenomenal success since the first book arrived in 2011. In this interview, Liz talks about the latest book in the series and her journey towards becoming a published author in spite of her dyslexia.

Using accessible versions of picture books can help pupils with a print disability to enjoy stories. Additionally, using symbolised sheets can help them participate in the story as well as discuss it afterwards. In this video, Joanna Courtney of CALL Scotland shows how accessible sheets and symbolised resources can be used with a group of pupils from Braidburn School.

Looking to develop your pupils' creative writing skills? This fantastic resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries helps you use Quick Quack Quentin as the inspiration for pupils' own stories, and is aimed at developing skills in lower primary pupils.

Grumpy Frog is a funny and touching book about friendship from best-loved, award-winning author Ed Vere. Find learning activities to explore the book in this resource!

This resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries will provide plenty of inspiration to get your pupils writing. The resource encourages pupils to use the work of authors as their inspiration, finding out about their work and going on to create their own stories. Happy writing!

Attending a writer event can lead to some fantastic cross-curricular learning. This resource, created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, gives you lots of ideas to help maximise the impact of a writer visit.

Michelle Sloan and Kasia Matyjaszek's book The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. You can hear Michelle and Kasia read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

Chae Strathie and Nicola O'Byrne's picture book Gorilla Loves Vanilla has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. You can hear Chae read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

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