This video will be available to watch on demand for those registered until Friday 18 February.
Watch Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott talk about the inspiration behind their book series following a young girl called Tally who is starting secondary school and trying to hide her autism. Rebecca and Libby share a reading from the latest book in the series, Ways to be Me. Rebecca sets young people the task of keeping their own diary. Libby shares her writing journey and gives her tips for writing, including writing a diary or blog, and tips for creating a character.
After the event, if you want to share your stories or writing inspired by Libby and Rebecca's writing tips, please send them to us on Twitter using #InclusiveStories and @ScottishBkTrust. We'd love to see what your pupils create!
Preparing to watch
This event is suitable for children aged 10+. Libby and Rebecca filmed this event in separate locations and we have edited the clips together, so the background changes throughout the video. Subtitles are available for pupils with hearing impairments.
We recommend watching this event before sharing it with pupils so you can check its suitability and prepare any additional resources you might need in advance. Some ideas are listed below.
Preparing Makaton or other symbol resources
You might like to prepare symbol resources or Makaton signs to support pupils to engage with this event. Some key themes from the event are:
- Relationships – family, sister and grandma
- Representation – seeing yourself in books and stories
- Writing – keeping a diary or journal
- Social media – sharing a story on Twitter
- Emotions – anger and frustration