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.
Watch events on demand
Gaming events for January 2022
Insert coins. Player 1 has joined. This month we're joined by top authors for events about gaming in all its forms. Applications for the below events are now closed. A selection will be available to watch on demand after the tour has taken place.
- Level Up with Tom Nicoll (Monday 24 January, P4–7, virtual)
- Gaming and Writing with Tom Nicoll and Jamie Russell (Tuesday 25 January, P4–7, virtual)
- Jamie Russell and National Videogame Museum (Tuesday 25 January, P6–S2, virtual)
- Choose Your Own Adventure (Wednesday 26 January, P4–7, virtual)
- Edward Ross and Rockstar North (Thursday 27 January, S1–6, virtual)
- Fighting Fantasy with Ian Livingstone (Friday 28 January, P6–S3, virtual)
As well as running school events, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour also runs storytelling sessions and author visits in hospitals in Scotland. On Friday 17 December, Lari Don and Eilidh Muldoon were due to visit the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus, we have postponed this event and instead shared a special video with Lari and Eilidh for children in the hospital to watch on Christmas Eve. You can watch the video by clicking the button bellow.
Find out more about our hospital visit
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).