Every August, as part of the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme, experts and enthusiasts share their innovative ideas for use across the sector, giving you inspiring new ideas to try out in the classroom.

Take part in one of our interactive creative writing workshops, or join in discussions on hot topics in education with authors and experts in the field.

For more ideas to use in the classroom, have a browse of our Learning Resources page.


Full CLPL Events Listing 2019

 

TO LEARN THE FUTURE: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday 14 August, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
The Dining Room, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
£15 (£12 concessions)

Aiming to inspire teachers, this creative writing workshop provides tools and techniques to help support creative writing in the classroom, facilitated by Hannah Lavery and Samuel Tongue from the Scottish Poetry Library. There will be lots of opportunities to explore your own creativity as Hannah and Sam use short writing exercises to show how you can promote the writing of poetry among your pupils.

A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS
Thursday 15 August, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
£8 (£6 concessions)

Author of 300 children’s books, Vivian French is also a co-founder of Picture Hooks, a mentoring scheme supporting emerging illustrators. Today she delves into the world of picture books with illustrator Eilidh Muldoon and primary teacher Aurelie Norman. Explore how a wordless book is designed to provide a narrative that even the youngest of children can ‘read’, get tips on using picture books in the classroom, and take a look at some of the best to be published recently.

WRITING THE PAST
Sunday 18 August, 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab
£8 (£6 concessions)

The Young Walter Scott Prize is for youngsters interested in both writing and history. Join Chae Strathie, creator of the So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? series, and Dan Smith, author of exciting Viking adventure She Wolf, to hear how they combine the two. Learn about historical research, seeking out unheard voices, and using facts to create engaging fictional narratives. Get some creative writing tips as well as insights into how to embark on researching a historical period with your pupils.

BE A MAN, MY SON
Monday 19 August, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Garden Theatre
£8 (£6 concessions)

Broughton High School in Edinburgh and Leith’s Super Power Agency have teamed up on an innovative project involving a group of young male students. They’re being challenged to think about what it is to be a man today: the pressures, the concerns, their role models, and what defines success. Come and hear about the fascinating work with teacher Rory Brown, Super Power Agency CEO Gerald Richards, and Young Adult novelist Brian Conaghan as they debate modern masculinity and how to support our next generation of men.

CRACKING THE READING CODE
Tuesday 20 August, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
£8 (£6 concessions)

Barrington Stoke specialises in ‘cracking reading’, publishing super-readable children’s books which break down the barriers that can stop kids getting into reading. Today, they host an event with Alex Wheatle (author of Kerb Stain Boys) and Tom Palmer (author of D-Day Dog) to discuss how short fiction can be used as a creative way of getting more children reading enthusiastically, including those with dyslexia or visual stress.

BEING A CITIZEN: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday 21 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
The Dining Room, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
£15 (£12 concessions)

Our Citizen Schools Writer-in-Residence Claire Askew has been busy working in three Edinburgh secondary schools, finding out what being a ‘citizen’ means for young people today. She’s used a variety of methods, from zine-making to group poetry creation. Today, she takes the fear out of creative writing as she offers practical insights and tips for approaching it in classrooms and wider community settings. Her deceptively simple approach offers a way to get pupils with all interests and abilities to feel confident about expressing themselves.

TO LEARN THE FUTURE: POETRY AND WELLBEING
Wednesday 21 August, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
£8 (£6 concessions)

Enjoy an evening of readings and discussion around To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers, an anthology selected to promote wellbeing and self-care amongst teaching professionals, launched at last year’s Book Festival. Scottish Poetry Library’s Hannah Lavery and Samuel Tongue are joined by the anthology’s editors, Kate Hendry, Jane Cooper and Lilias Fraser, and poet Larry Butler to explore how poetry can be used as a tool for resilience and positive mental health, supporting a teacher’s wellbeing throughout their career.

INSPIRE A GENERATION WITH SCIENCE BOOKS
Thursday 22 August, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab
£8 (£6 concessions)

Global warming, plastic pollution and species extinction are hot topics but what do these all-encompassing terms mean to your primary pupils? And how do we inspire them to take an interest in these crucial issues early on? In this event presented by the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize, join eco-science teacher Sarah Eames and authors Nicola Davies and Gill Lewis to discuss how science books for children can be the impetus to reconnect young people with the natural world and help them do their bit to protect the planet.


How To Book

Online: Book tickets for CLPL events by clicking this link

By post: Use the CLPL event booking form on p.40 of the Schools brochure

By phone: Call our Box Office on 0345 373 5888 from Tuesday 25 June (credit/debit card only).