FREE Schools Events in Cumbernauld

On Friday 19 May, we’re kicking off the Book Festival’s ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld weekend with an exciting series of events for local primary and secondary schools in the town centre – and it’s all completely FREE!

There are still tickets available so get in touch now to ensure your pupils don’t miss out on a jam-packed day of interactive author sessions. Plus, there’s something for teachers and librarians too.

Here’s our pick of the top events for you to look out for:

1. Chasing Spells with Lari Don
New Town Hall, 10.30am – 11.30am
P6 – P7

Be spellbound by award-winning children’s author Lari Don as she explains where she finds the inspiration and ideas to create the magical worlds and interesting characters in her thrilling Spellchasers series. Come along to learn how to create your own stories of sorcery.

2. Cathy MacPhail: Evil and Lies
Cumbernauld Library, 10.30am – 11.30am
S1 – S2

Cathy MacPhail is the author of almost 50 novels including thrillers, ghost stories and mysteries. In 2014, her novel Another Me was turned into a film starring Sophie Turner and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Join Cathy for a spine-tingling event as she introduces her latest tense thrillers and shares her top tips for writing your own tale with a sensational surprise ending.

3. Daniel Gray: Telling Your Story (Writing Workshop)
Cumbernauld Library, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
S3 – S4

Through energetic readings of his own work, writer and star of STV’s The People’s History Show, Daniel Gray demonstrates how writing about the people and places that we know best can make for colourful and often very funny stories. In this interactive writing workshop, he shows you the different ways in which you can write your own story.

4. David MacPhail: The Nicest Viking
New Town Hall, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
P3 – P4

Born in Greenock, David MacPhail went on to travel the world before settling back in Scotland and turning to writing about Vikings in his hugely popular Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series. Prepare for an hour of Nordic fun and naughtiness as he introduces the latest instalment in Thorfinn’s adventures.


But that’s not all… P2 pupils can join Thistle Games author Mike Nicholson for an hour of energetic highland games and Scots word silliness, while P5 – P6 pupils can take part in a rib-ticklingly funny event with Beaky Malone author Barry Hutchison and hear about Beaky’s latest hilarious escapades.

There will also be the opportunity for pupils to browse our pop-up book stalls and get their books signed by the authors.

Book Your Tickets Now

For more information on all of the schools events taking place on Friday 19 May, and to receive a booking form, contact Gillian Hunt, Customer Services Librarian at Culture NL, on or email

ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld is produced by Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! programme in partnership with Culture NL and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Along with schools events, there are a whole host of public events for adults and children, full details of which can be found here: