Schools in Edinburgh to welcome authors

October 6, 2017 by  

Two schools that are located in Edinburgh are set to benefit from a unique opportunity, with the news that they have been selected by the Scottish Book Trust to get a professional writer residency.

Craigroyston Community High School will be welcoming author Claire Askew, while Craigentinny Primary School will see Janis Mackay filling this role. The two schools in Edinburgh are among 10 across Scotland that will get these residencies, under a scheme that the Walter Scott Giving Committee is financing in full.

The purpose of this project is to help pupils at the schools develop a passion for writing and reading, in the hope that this will remain with them for the rest of their lives, as well as to provide teachers with practice support.

Claire Askew writes poetry and fiction and has enjoyed a number of award nominations and wins during her career. Janis Mackay writes fiction for children and has also won literary awards for her work, telling a reporter from the Scotsman that:

“I am very much looking forward to working with Craigentinny Primary, round the corner from where I grew up. I have done many author sessions in schools, the contact and creativity can be so much richer when there are several sessions to engage with.”

Schools such as these ones often use local stationery printers to supply teaching materials.