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Jamie Russell and National Videogame Museum

Join author, screenwriter, film critic and gamer Jamie Russell for this lively event with National Videogame Museum (NVM) as they discuss everything about gaming: from its origins to its roots in society and what the future for gaming might be.


Jamie was only five years old when he first saw a Space Invaders arcade machine in action – and he was mesmerised. Jamie went on to become a film reviewer, editor, screenwriter and writer for gaming bible Edge Magazine before writing Skywake, his debut sci-fi adventure trilogy for the gaming generation.

The team at NVM will offer us a little retro videogame history crash course and tell us about their project Animal Crossing Diaries, a wonderful collection of stories showing how players around the world engaged with Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll also discuss wider representation for women in the videogames industry. NVM is a unique place where anyone from any background can play, explore and create videogames.

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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).