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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour brings authors, illustrators and a variety of other creative practitioners to schools, libraries and public venues.

The tour hosts fully-funded events with authors, illustrators, poets, storytellers and other creative practitioners in every local authority in Scotland to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration in schools. The tour also visits schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Previous tours included Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell, Joseph Coelho, Pamela Butchart and David Almond.

Following the announcement from Scottish Government about the latest COVID-19 restrictions the virtual author tours planned for January – March will go ahead with a limited schools audience. These live events will be available to watch on demand. Applications will be open to anyone who wants to join live.

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Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow with Benjamin Dean

Award-winning author Benjamin Dean will join us from the 7–11 June for this event about his publishing journey and the inspiration behind his joyful LGBTQ+ book, Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow. Apply now to join this event live and hear Benjamin talk about family, love and inclusivity; plus get tips on writing your own colourful adventures.

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Surrounded by Stories with Phil Earle

On 7 June we will be joined by the award-winning author of When the Sky Falls, Phil Earle, for an exclusive event about the stories all around us. Phil will talk about how his ideas come from everywhere. Every day Phil sees stories unfolding all around him and he will show your pupils how to tune their senses and unlock this limitless source of inspiration for creative writing. Phil will also tell us about his background, how he became an author and talk about some of his other books, like his award-winning first novel Being Billy and the Mind The Gap.

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Video Celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

Scottish Friendly Assurance

Scottish Friendly Assurance has been sponsoring the tour for over 20 years(this will open in a new window). Through its support, The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour reaches an average of 6,000 children every year in a vast range of communities, from rural schools with as few as 8 pupils to 2,000 seat theatres.

Scottish Friendly Assurance is a progressive and modern financial services group, which has been around for over 150 years. It provides investors and families with a wide range of financial products.

You can find out more about Scottish Friendly on their website(this will open in a new window).