Artist brings drawing to life

Emily Gravett.
Emily Gravett.

One of the UK’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators, Emily Gravett, visited schools, including Girvan Primary, as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour last week.

Brighton born Emily sprang into the limelight in 2005 with her ground-breaking book Wolves, which won her the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Her colourful and interactive books are a wonderful mix of simple, endearing tales and beautifully rich illustrations which have attributed critical acclaim and won her two Kate Greenaway awards.

Emily’s diverse events will be lively and engaging and interactive and will include readings from her latest book, Tidy and a range of games and craft activities for pupils in Girvan, Dalmilling, Heathfield and Tarbolton primary schools.

Commenting on the tour, Emily said: “I’m really excited about visiting schools on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. I’m looking forward to sharing some stories, doing some drawing and getting everyone shouting out and joining in.”

The tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and organised by Scottish Book Trust. Every year schools in up to 12 local authorities in Scotland and two in England receive author visits to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration. The tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 90,000 children since it began in 1998.

Commenting on Emily’s tour, Calum Bennie, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly said: “South Ayrshire is a part of Scotland with a long literary heritage and it’s great to bring the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here once again. Emily’s captivating books mean she is certain to receive an enthusiastic welcome from young readers and budding artists in this part of the world.”

Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 18 years, touring some of the finest children’s authors and illustrators including new Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.

Beth Bottery, Schools Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust, added: “We are really looking forward to visiting schools and this is a fantastic opportunity to inspire pupils’ creativity and get them excited about reading, writing and drawing!”