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Maisie Comes To Leith Primary School

posted 5 Mar 2009, 02:17 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 5 Mar 2009, 02:18 ]
Maisie, the kilted kitten from Morningside, and her creator, Aileen Paterson, will join other celebrated Edinburgh children's authors at Leith Primary to take part in the school's first Author and Writing Festival.

The all-day event, part of the school's ongoing drive to improve and celebrate creative writing, will see the authors spending time with all nine classes, from primary one through seven. The day is also designed to meet the principles of a Curriculum for Excellence.

Primary one pupils can expect to hear a fun mix of Maisie's adventures, some never before seen in print, courtesy of author, Aileen Paterson and her trustee Maisie puppet. Edinburgh College of Art educated Ms Paterson will accompany her story-telling and puppetry with drawings and other fun activities.

Meanwhile, sticking with the feline theme, primaries three and four will be joined by Margaret Forester, author of 'The Cat who decided', and primary six will hear from prolific illustrator and author, John Fardell. 'Hox' author Anne Marie Allen will work classes from primary six and seven and the latter can also expect a visit from Keith Gray, author of many books for teenagers.

The remaining classes will have workshops in school and one lucky group will attend the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

The school has been able to pay for the event thanks to innovative fund-raising by teachers and parents - not least, the school's own photography service run by headteacher (and photographer in chief), Alasdair Friend, which has raised close to £1,000.

He said: "Leith Primary is delighted to welcome such a diverse and skilled group of writers to work with the children.

"We hope that staging our own little Book Festival will inspire the children of Leith to further improve their own writing skills and even consider becoming authors themselves one day."

During the afternoon, following further story reading sessions, nine short stories will be distributed throughout the school. Each class will work together to create the next part before handing the story on. At a closing assembly, the nine finished stories will be revealed.

Cllr Marilyne Maclaren, Convener for Education, Children and Families, added: "Having such a wonderful literacy heritage and, indeed, being the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, we have a duty to the children of Edinburgh to ensure that they can enjoy, and learn from, the huge talent right here on their doorstep.

"It is vital that they come to appreciate the pleasure and benefits of reading from an early age and I applaud Alasdair and his teaching staff for their resourcefulness and imagination in dreaming up with such a fun and inspirational event."

At the end of the day, every child will receive a free book of their own choice, courtesy of charity Reading is Fundamental.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council