Young Adult author Non Pratt is to visit 10 Scottish schools this autumn in a book tour organised by Scottish Book Trust and supported by investment organisation Scottish Friendly.
Between 28th October and 1st November, Pratt – the author of novels Trouble, Remix and Truth or Dare (all Walker) and novellas Unboxed and Second Best Friend (Barrington Stoke) – will visit schools in East Ayrshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde and East Dunbartonshire.
Pratt will lead a selection of interactive workshops on character creation and letters to ourselves, inspired by the themes in her novels and covering everything from gender assumptions and teen pregnancy to disability and peer pressure. She will also deliver talks on the power of stories to entire year groups.
The writer said: "Visiting schools is the best part of being an author - young people are so bright and sharp and capable of such insight that it’s a privilege to play any part in helping them express the stories they want to tell. All school students deserve a chance to have someone hear their stories and talk through how to craft their work and the aim of this tour is to provoke young Scottish writers to question their assumptions about the stories we’re told and give them the confidence to build challenging, believable creations of their own."
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: "Non Pratt is an exceptional speaker, who isn't afraid to tackle the big topics facing teens today. It's a pleasure to host her on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour for the very first time, and her workshops are sure to be a hit with teens across Scotland."
Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tours visit both primary and secondary schools, and more than 100,000 children have enjoyed visits from over 100 authors since they began in 1998.