Our first Inclusive Stories Festival took place digitally from Monday 12 April to Tuesday 11 May. The festival featured a series of fully funded digital events with a range of authors, illustrators and storytellers to inspire a love of reading and stories for all.
All the festival events were linked by the theme of inclusion, with some events being designed especially for young people with additional support needs.
Event videos were available on the Scottish Book Trust website until Tuesday 11 May.
All the resources and book lists created for the festival are still available.
- Rewriting fairytales with Jen Campbell Author, poet and YouTuber Jen Campbell told a brief history of fairytales and set a creative writing task to explore representation of disability in fairytales.
- Cyborg Cat with Ade Adepitan An exciting event with author, presenter, and Paralympic athlete Ade Adepitan. Ade discussed his career, travels and his fun-filled series Cyborg Cat!
- Be LOUD! with Rose Robbins Author and illustrator Rose Robbins shared a reading of her picture book LOUD! and how to create a sensory sound jar for making music.
- The wee bannock with Ailie Finlay Sensory storytelling specialist Ailie Finlay shared the story The Wee Bannock, the traditional Scottish version of The Runaway Gingerbread, complete with sensory elements to join in with!
- Writing neurodivergent protagonists with Elle McNicoll Blue Peter Book Award winning author Elle McNicoll gave an inspiring talk on her books, A Kind of Spark and Show Us Who You Are, and writing neurodivergent characters.
We are also very excited to be hosting a live digital event through Microsoft Teams:
- Live event with Katya Balen This event focused on transition, neurodivergent characters, and Katya’s novels The Space We’re In and October, October.