Children's Festival

Why is it so important to children to tell our stories?

Stories connect the past and present to the future and learning these stories is what can awaken future generations to their potential.

Through the Festival, the Boswell Trust engages with primary and secondary schools across Ayrshire and beyond to introduce young readers and writers to authors and illustrators who explore lives past and present.

This happens at Dumfries House, in school and on-line. Authors local and international come to the Festival for discussions, workshops and performances that bring biography and memoir to life.

The Boswell Trust also awards annual certificates connected to the writing of non-fiction by children. Children’s writers who have been great supporters include Vivian French, Nick Sharratt, Christopher Lloyd (pictured), Nicola Davies and Kjartan Poskitt of the Murderous Maths Organisation.

2021 Online Festival for Schools 11-16 June

The Boswell Book Festival School programme is designed with fun and engaging events for those from primary 1 to secondary 3. Each event explores ways to tell both our own stories as well as those of others. There are workshops, talks and performances that develop research, writing and debating skills.

Events explore the lives of great authors, scientists, environmentalists and campaigners and are ideal for topic work across the CfE. In addition, giving young people an opportunity to explore, share and articulate their own experiences is a valuable support to health and wellbeing.