Award winning author and storyteller Lari Don, will visit the children of Carrick Primary in Lurgan tomorrow (Thursday) as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.
Lari will share her love of myths, folklore and adventure stories with more than 1500 pupils from Belfast, Randlestown, Cookstown, Lurgan, Ballyclare, Lisburn and Londonderry.
The tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and organised by Scottish Book Trust. Northern Irish Arts organisation, BookTrust Northern Ireland and Libraries NI have worked closely with Scottish Book Trust to select schools and support the tour.
Lari’s tour marks the first ever Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in Northern Ireland. 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 and The Tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 70,000 children since it began in 1998.
Inspired by myths, legends and folklore from her native Scotland and beyond, Lari’s events will be varied, inspiring and full of interactive fun. Pupils will take part in an adventure story workshop, looking at structure, plot points and creating tension. Lari will share her new adventure series of books, Spellchasers: The Beginner’s Guide to Curses and retell myths that have inspired her own writing, encouraging pupils to rewrite their own favourite myths in return.
Commenting on the tour, Lari said: “I’m really excited about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of Northern Ireland next week. I’ve always been inspired mythology and magic, and I’m keen to share a few of my favourite Scottish stories!”