Turnberry Resort in Ayrshire will welcome four of Scotland’s leading children’s authors in April this year who will be offering interactive sessions and readings from a selection of their books at a free family event.
The Turnberry Children’s Book Event will feature a prolific group of Scottish-based writers including Ross Collins whose current title Dear Vampa has just won the top prize at the Scottish Children’s Book Awards in the 0-7 years category. Ross has illustrated over 70 books to date and has now written eight.
Also appearing at the event will be Chae Strathie, Alison Murray and Joan Lennon. Like Collins, Chae Strathie also writes for the 0-8 years age group. His first two works – My Dad and The Tickle Tree – were picture books and his current title, The Loon on the Moon, was shortlisted in the 2011 Scottish Children’s Book Awards.
Alison Murray, who writes for the 0-4 age group, had her first book Apple Pie ABC published in the UK in 2010. It was listed for both a Scottish Children’s Book Award and UK Literary Association Award. Her follow-up title, One Two That’s My Shoe, was published a year later.
Joan Lennon writes for a variety of age groups. Her books include The Wickit Chronicles series and The Slightly Jones Mysteries, the latest of which – The Case of the Cambridge Mummy – was released on March 1. Another from this series, Slightly Jones and the Case of the London Dragonfish was shortlisted in the 2011 Scottish Children’s Book Awards.
The event, on April 4, will also feature four Bookbug sessions, run by Scottish Book Trust, for children aged 0-4 years old, held throughout the day. The sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, designed to build their confidence and social skills in a relaxed setting.
Visits to the Resort’s Little Turnberry Farm will also be available throughout the day, where children will be able to enjoy seeing a variety of different animals including sheep, lambs, miniature donkeys and the latest addition to the farm, two young alpacas.
The event is free to parents and their children, aged 0 to 10 years old, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Turnberry General Manager, Jordi Tarrida said: “Scotland is fortunate to have so many talented children’s authors and we are delighted to have access to four leading names for this year’s Turnberry Children’s Book Event.”
Anna Gibbons, Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme Manager, said: “Sharing books together is one of the key building blocks in the early years which helps children to lead fulfilling and productive lives, and Scottish Book Trust welcomes Turnberry’s commitment to spreading this message to parents.”
For more information on the Turnberry Children’s Book Event, visit: www.turnberryresort.co.uk/bookevent