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  • BRAWSOME WORD-PLAY:  Drawing from his books – and his trusty tripewriter -  Alan and the audience have fun with puns, jokes and terrifically tongue-twisting wordplay. Me-wow.

Why not team up with another school to maximise the day? If I have enough notice I can do two 1 hour sessions, one in the morning and the other after lunch. I can visit Schools, Libraries, Literature Festivals, Community Groups, Bookshops, Writing Retreats, etc.

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I live in Ayrshire and offer visits throughout Scotland.
I can (and do) travel further…
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What can I do in your school?

I’m experienced at leading events in schools, libraries & festivals. My varied & interactive sessions take themes from my 6 book Tartan Cat series & focus on making literacy fun!

They are suitable for 6 to 9 year olds and usually last 1 hour. Each session can be adapted for length and age on request.
I am a S.B.T. Live Literature funded author
HOW TO APPLY FOR LIVE LITERATURE SESSIONS
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Hour-long School Assembly Style Session

for P3 to P5 pupils (up to three classes) where I introduce characters & events from my Porridge the Tartan Cat series - lots of ‘joining in’ & volunteering!
Children explore each book cover and discuss the blurb on the back. They discover how Porridge became tartan, & analyse his character & humour. Using Gadget Grandad’s tripewriter, pupils have fun comparing fact with fiction.
We investigate the zany word-play in each book: quirky band names, crazy World championships, silly similes, terrific tongue-twisters…
We look at creative plotting: saving the planet from a giant Clootie Dumpling, putting on a Big Gig, rescuing Porridge from a pesky pet shop, turning Dad back from being a dinosaur, etc.
Essentially it’s about stimulating imagination & encourage children to think outside the box and the books!
[Followed by some Q & A + a book signing]
My interactive sessions encourage the audience to ask, and respond to, questions. LIT 1-07a
A former deputy headteacher, I use a greater range of question types with older children. LIT 2-07a
During sessions, I refer to life as a professional writer, and explore how my own experiences influence his books. HWB 0-20a / HWB 1-20a

Hour-long Workshop Session

The content is negotiable. I put my deputy headteacher experience to good use by creating stimulating & rewarding group / class activities.
Porridge the Tartan Cat related writing workshop (max 35 children) where I look at story writing & character creation & development.
We investigate key characters: Gadget Grandad does nothing on Sundays because for the rest of the week he is an all-action superstar! Porridge is a reluctant hero who unexpectedly manages to save the day. Isla & Ross are adventurous twins and great role-models. Groovy Gran has a secret musical past, Mum is a scientist with a wee problem, etc.
We look at differences and similarities, motivations & intentions. Plus the way humour runs through the stories & characters. We explore how Porridge describes things using funny similes (see sample sheet here).

Sessions link to the Curriculum for Excellence - to encourage communication & team work. Plus utilise thinking skills, develop tools for writing & create texts through creative writing exercises.

 
Why not have a longer 2 hour session with a combination of chat, stories, & interactive writing tasks?

INCREDIBLE CHARACTERS!   PACY PLOTS!         BRAWSOME WORDPLAY!

FEEDBACK ON MY SESSIONS:

  • PACY PLOTS:  We go on a heroic journey through Thyme and Space, on the trail of Fergus and his giant Clootie Dumpling of Doom.  Then discover what it takes for Groovy Gran to reunite her band and put on a Big Gig.

“It was a great session, very good feedback and no signed copies left, so I think it's safe to say you were a hit!”

- Sally Pattle, ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ (Winner Independent Bookshop Of The Year 2017)

“Looking for a decidedly Scottish flavoured book that is very VERY funny, and not at all chocolate boxy but rather feels much more genuine (but at the same time is completely outrageous)?…A giggle inducing and gloriously silly Scottish story…do track down Porridge the Tartan Cat.” - Zoe Toft, Playing by the Book.

“The latest series to launch from Floris Books’ Young Kelpies list is a wild, laugh-out-loud romp featuring Porridge the Tartan Cat, a long story that involves precisely 1 cat and 1 tin of tartan paint.” - Books from Scotland

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You’ll also find details on fees & costs, handy downloadable forms, etc.