Author Visits

Barry Hutchison

On Thursday 6th February 2014, second year pupils were fortunate to have a visit from children's author, Barry Hutchison.  Last year, Barry won the Scottish Children's Book Awards for older readers with his book The Thirteenth Horseman and has been nominated for this year's award with The Book of Doom.  Barry spoke about the inspiration for his scary series of books, Invisible Fiends and read from his books before talking about The Thirteenth Horseman and The Book of Doom.  Pupils had a great time, responding enthusiastically to Barry's questions and comments and there was a queue at the library door to borrow his books later in the day.  To find out more about Barry's books, visit his website at http://www.barryhutchison.com/.

Barry Hutchison reads form his Invisble Fiends series    Pupils listen to Barry Hutchison

Barry talks to pupils    Robbie thanks Barry for his talk

Jonathan Meres

Pupils listen to Jonathan Meres

Bishopbriggs Academy were fortunate to receive funding from the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund to enable us to invite an author to talk to pupils.  On 9th February 2012, all S3 pupils enjoyed a visit from children's author and actor, Jonathan Meres.  Jonathan, the author of many books including Fame Thing, Love Dad, Yo! Diary and the recent, very popular World of Norm series gave a highly entertaining and enthusiastic talk to pupils to inspire and encourage them in creative writing.  To find out more about Jonathan's books and career, visit his website at www.jonathanmeres.co.uk.

Jonathan signs Rachel's cast

 

Cathy Forde

Scottish children's author and writer-in-residence at the Scottish Book Trust, Cathy Forde visited Bishopbriggs Academy to talk to S1 and S3 pupls about her experiences as a writer and to encourage pupils to write their own stories.  This visit was one of only six made to Scottish secondary schools as part of the Book Trust's "The Book That Changed My Life" project.  As part of their Standard Grade English course work, S3 pupils were reading Cathy's Book Fat Boy Swim and had many questions to ask about writing the book and to discuss their feelings about it.  In her report in the Times Education Scotland on her time as writer-in-residence Cathy noted that she had some "absolutely amazing reponses, particularly from S1-S3s at Bishopbriggs Academy: several pupils had read some of her books, and asked insightful questions that led to wider discussion."

Following her succesful visit to talk to S1 and S3 as a result of requests from pupils, Cathy came back t talk to more S1 pupils.  We were lucky to have this visit partially funded by the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature programme.