Families in Stirling will have the chance to meet some of Scotland’s finest children’s authors when Killearn hosts its first book festival next weekend.
Writers and artists from across the country will gather at the Village Hall on Sunday, September 2 to put on an array of art, music, dancing, poetry and writing classes for children from the local community and further afield.
The event will give budding young writers, readers and artists the chance to speak to some well-known authors, take part in classes, or simply enjoy a selection of excerpts from their favourite books read by those in attendance.
“This is a great chance to bring the community together for a fun afternoon right in the centre of the village,” said Councillor Chris Kane, convenor of the Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration committee.
“The stories told by the authors coming along are a great way to spark the imagination and the workshops on offer are the perfect way to give them the chance to get inspired and try their hand at all kinds of creative arts.”
The festival has been brought to fruition by Killearn Community Council, with support from Killearn Community Futures Trust, the Scottish Book Trust and Stirling Council.
One of the 10 invited guests on the day will be author Chae Strathie, who will read from his award-winning book ‘Gorrilla Loves Vanilla.’
Chae, like many of the authors entertaining the crowds on the day, does more than simply read from his book, with music, puppets and all kinds of carryon forming part of the show.
Vice convenor of Community Planning, Councillor Maureen Bennison, added: “What better way to spend a Sunday than letting the creative juices flow and listening to some lovely stories?
“Reading and writing forms such a fundamental part of a child’s education but they are both also fantastic ways to just have fun and enjoy yourself.
“There’s something on offer here for children as young as four and by the time the day is finished I’m sure anyone who has attended will go home with their own stories to tell about this brilliant book festival.”
Tickets for the event, which starts at 11am, are free but registration is necessary to ensure entry.
You can do so by emailing culturestirling.org or calling 01786 404040 for further information.
Killearn Village Hall is located on Balfron Road, Killearn, G63 9NL