18 May 2018
Hundreds of pupils from schools across Cambuslang are set to attend Wee Write!, Glasgow’s annual book festival for children and young people, thanks to funding from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).
Wee Write!, which takes place at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow from 18-22 May 2018, was founded in 2014 to help children fall in love with reading. It encourages families to read together and offers access to a wide range of quality writing, with over 12,000 visitors attending its events.
UKSE, the Tata Steel subsidiary created to further economic prosperity in traditional steel producing communities, has donated £2,500 to Glasgow Life, organisers of Wee Write!, to enable Cambuslang children to attend the festival. The funding, which aims to remove barriers to accessing the festival, will be used to provide 200 free tickets to pupils from schools across the area as well as transportation to events.
Among the primary schools set to benefit from the funding package are: Cairns, Hallside, James Alton, Parkview, Newton Farm, St Bride’s, St Cadoc’s, St Charles’ and Westcoats. Secondary school pupils from Cathkin High, Stonelaw High and Trinity High will also be able to participate in the festival.
Among the wide range of events available to Cambuslang schools are sessions on Ron Butlin’s adventure mystery novel Steve And FranDan Take On the World, and Kerr Thomson’s The Rise Of The Wolves – a thriller set on a remote Scottish island.
Secondary school pupils have the opportunity to attend events with award-winning author Alex Nye, whose historical novel For My Sins explores Scotland’s bloody past and Kirkland Ciccone, who will be talking about his new work, Glowglass.
Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life and depute leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Wee Write! is one of a kind aiming to inspire an early love of reading and supporting parents and teachers to make reading fun for young people.
“UK Steel Enterprise’s donation will enable us to give 200 pupils in the Cambuslang area, who may not otherwise have had the chance to attend our events, the chance to experience the magic of Wee Write! and the Mitchell Library.”
Anne Clyde, regional manager at UK Steel Enterprise said: “Wee Write! was established to spark the imagination of children and help families to enjoy literature as part of their daily lives. We hope all of the Cambuslang children who are attending the festival following our donation have a wonderful time and experience the thrill of getting stuck into a great book.”
For more information on funding opportunities with UK Steel Enterprise please visit www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk/
Pictured: Children from Newton Farm Primary School, with Anne Clyde (UKSE) and Alex Nye (author)