Hundreds hear top children’s writers

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A LITTLE bit funny and a little bit disgusting – not entirely an appetising advert for the author events held at Hawick High School, but it certainly was popular with the audience of primary five and six pupils who had travelled to hear Scottish children’s author Keith Charters.

Charters entertained with tales of the hero of his books, Lee, in particular his stay in hospital, and went on to speak to the children about their own writing, giving tips from his experience as an author.

In the afternoon Allan Burnett inspired pupils in primary seven and in their first year at Hawick High with stories of how great ideas and theories were turned into real practical innovations that revolutionised our everyday lives.

He told moving tales of the struggle of remarkable people to create products, machines, systems and gadgets that infinitely broadened mankind’s horizons.

The events, organised by the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award and part funded by the Scottish Book Trust, were attended this year by 700 pupils from Burnfoot, Drumlanrig and St Cuthbert’s, Wilton, Trinity, Hawick High, Stirches, Newcastleton, St Margaret’s RC, Denholm and Hobkirk.