Wee Write Family Day 2021 Online
Saturday 12 June, 2021
Aye Write book festival launches free online events for its
Wee Write Family Day digital programme to take place on Saturday 12 June, to follow the main online book festival currently running. Aye Write is produced by Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers culture and sport in the city.
All Wee Write events are free but ticketed and will be available to access online until 3 July so that children from as young as three to eleven years old and their families can enjoy them at their convenience and in the comfort of their own homes.
Little bookworms can expect fun, interactive events of fairies, flame-throwers and Mouldysocks at Wee Write on Saturday 12 June.
Highlights include: Sleeping Brainy, Mouldysocks and Trumplestiltskin in former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq’s reinvented old-fashioned bedtime stories; author, illustrator and draw-along genius Rob Biddulph on how he helped everyone get through lockdown with his brilliant Draw with Rob videos (pens and paper at the ready!); bestselling author Michael Morpurgo talking about his latest picture book The Birthday Duckinspired by the charity Farms for City Children which he founded many years ago; actor, comedian and author Ben Miller with his exciting new adventure, The Day I Fell into a Fairy Tale; and writer and illustrator Debi Gliori and her snotty dragons in a thought-provoking interactive event about our warming world.
Former Blue Peter presenter, now author Konnie Huq said:
“I’m so excited to bring Cookie to Glasgow! I’m really looking forward to Wee Write.”
Author and illustrator Rob Biddulph said:
“I love the Wee Write festival and have always had a great time with the fantastic Glasgow audiences, so I’m absolutely delighted that I’m able to appear this year, albeit virtually. Of course, it would be lovely to be there in person and see people face to face, but this is the next best thing. I can’t wait!”
The Wee Write Schools Programme
Monday 7 to Friday 18 June, 2021
In addition, The Wee Write Schools Programme takes place from Monday 7 to Friday 18 June, with a series of fun and educational events for pre-school, primary and secondary schools to help end what has been a difficult school year. The entire two-week programme will be free to access for all Glasgow City Council schools and nurseries and will be available more widely for schools and early-years education settings across the UK.
All the Aye Write digital book festival programmes are available to view at www.ayewrite.com
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life said:
“The Wee Write programme is an integral part of the Aye Write Festival offer. This year’s digital festival will allow more families to enjoy the wonderful array of events in their own homes.”
Fiona Haddow, programmer for Wee Write said:
“This year’s programming has not been without its challenges, but that said, the world has been our oyster! Being able to include not just nationally, but internationally amazing, award-winning authors and illustrators has been a dream come true!
We have authors from Scotland and England to those from places as far flung as New Zealand appearing at Wee Write this year. The programme is an array of fun-packed interactive sessions for all the family to get involved in, and with it being digital you can enjoy it wherever the day may take you!”
The Wee Write Family Day will be pre-recorded and accessible to view via www.glasgowlifetv.com, the Free Events at Glasgow Life on the Vimeo digital platform for three weeks, allowing families to pick and choose when and where to watch.
There is also the facility to donate to Aye Care, a special fund created to help support the Aye Write book festival, its future and the vital literacy and learning programmes it delivers across the city of Glasgow throughout the year.
Aye Write is grateful for the continued support of media partner The Times and Sunday Times Scotland; funders Creative Scotland and sponsors: Rathbones, Turcan Connell, Charles Stanley, The Open University in Scotland and National Library of Scotland.
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