Author Visits

Martin Stewart

First year pupils enjoyed a visit from Scottish children's author, Martin Stewart as part of our Book Week Scotland celebrations.  In the weeks leading up to Martin's visit pupils learnt about the background to Martin's first novel, Riverkeep and prepared questions to ask about his books and writing.  They were delighted when Martin answered some of his questions during his talk and then emailed answers to the many other questions they had asked.  Following Martin's talk, his novel Riverkeep has been in great demand and we are now eagerly looking forward to the publication of his new novel, The Sacrifice Box.  To find out more about Martin and his books, visit his website


Pupils listen to Martin talking   Pupils with their autographed books

Author Martin Stewart


Barry Hutchison

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

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.  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

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 to talk to more S1 pupils.  We were lucky to have this visit partially funded by the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature programme.