Peebles school holds first book festival

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A PEEBLES school has celebrated its inaugural book festival with a series of visits from authors and other special guests, writes Adam Drummond.

The week of events at Priorsford Primary School kicked off on Friday, when pupils turned up at school dressed as their favourite characters.

This week every class got the chance to meet an author, including John Fardell, whose new book The Day Louis Got Eaten has been nominated for the prestigious Scottish Book of the Year Award.

Others authors visiting the school during the week have included Janis Mackay and Lari Don, both of whom have local connections.

Jonathan Meres, Allan Burnett and Mike Nicholson have also visited the pupils, while artist Isobel Finnie created a giant pop-up book and local newspaper editor Ally McGilvray held a workshop on writing news.

Pupils have also been entertained by performances of Shakespeare and have taken part in writing and art competitions.

It has not just been the children who have got involved either, with parents asked to go into the school and read a chapter of their favourite book to pupils.

Headteacher Sandra MacGregor said: “We want to encourage a love of reading in children from an early age, and what better way to engage their imagination than through this wonderful celebration of books.

“We are very grateful to the Scottish Book Trust and our PTA for their help in funding this event.”