Our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme challenges young minds to question, imagine and wonder. Each year, the programme brings together well-established writers, illustrators and performers from every corner of the globe, along with some shining new talent. There are events for every year group, primary and secondary, and the programme is put together with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.
The 2019 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme runs from 19-27 August 2019. All events take place in venues in Charlotte Square Gardens, with a few events for older pupils in the Spark Theatre on George Street (opposite the Gardens). Charlotte Square Gardens can be found just off Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre.
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Baillie Gifford Gala Day for Primary Schools
Primary schools have the Book Festival all to themselves on Baillie Gifford Gala Day. Taking place on Tuesday 27 August 2019, it’s an extravaganza of world class writers, storytelling, illustration, music and magic.
Come and join in the fun in 2019 at the largest festival of books and authors for children in the world!
Full Events Listing 2019
|Monday 19 August|
|10.00am – 11.30am||S1—S2||Claire Askew & the Citizen pupils|
|11.45am||P2—P4||Julian Clary & David Roberts|
|12 noon||P7—S2||Kwame Alexander|
|Tuesday 20 August|
|10.00am – 11.30am||P7—S1||Claire Askew & the Citizen pupils|
|10.30am||S1—S3||Candy Gourlay & Elizabeth Jones|
|11.00am||P5—P7||Shakirah Bourne & Lisa Thompson|
|12 noon||P2—P5||Thomas J Clark|
|Wednesday 21 August|
|10.00am||S4—S6||Tongue Fu with Chris Redmond|
|12 noon||P5—P7||Sita Brahmachari|
|12.15pm||P1—P3||Kate Leiper & Karine Polwart|
|Thursday 22 August|
|10.30am||P6—S1||Chloe Daykin & Alan Durant|
|12 noon||S5—S6||Doug Johnstone|
|Friday 23 August|
|10.30am||S1—S3||Muhammad Khan & Tom Pollock|
|12 noon||P1—P2||Tony Ross & Jeanne Willis|
|Monday 26 August|
|10.00am – 10.45am||All Ages||Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick
(event for pupils with severe learning disabilities including PMLD)
|12 noon||P1—P2||Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet|
|12.15pm||P5—P7||Sylvia V Linsteadt|
|12.30pm||S1—S4||Mel Darbon & David Owen|
|Baillie Gifford Gala Day|
|Tuesday 27 August|
|10.00am||P3—P5||Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton|
|10.30am – 12.45pm||P1—P4||Eboracum Baroque|
|10.30am||P2—P4||Vivian French & Marta Kissi|
|12 noon||P1—P3||Rob Biddulph|