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Scottish Poetry Day – 6 October 2011

 The Scottish Poetry Library has some ideas and resources for National Poetry Day on 6 October.  Visit for directions to:

  • pdf posters to download of all 8 poems in this year’s National Poetry Day (Scotland) postcards
  • sets of ideas for teaching, reading and writing activities
  • booking info on September CPD sessions to make the most of National Poetry Day.
    The free online magazine, Poetry Issues, provides monthly updates on NPD Scotland poem postcards, info and teaching resources.

Young Writers’ Short Story Workshop

Tyne and Esk Writers are running a young writers’ short story workshop for ages 10 – 14 years in the Town House, Haddington, on Saturday, 10th September 2011, from 11am – 1pm.  Places for this are limited and should be booked through Haddington Library, telephone number 01620 822531. 

The workshop will be tutored by Tyne and Esk Writing Fellow Tom Murray and Storyteller Angie Townsend.

Competition – Set the Scene for an Adventure

An exciting competition for primary school children offers the chance to set the scene for a new adventure by award-winning Scottish children’s author Lari Don. The Edinburgh-based author will launch the competition on Thursday 23 June.  Children are invited to suggest the perfect real-life Scottish location to be used in the fourth, and final book of the First Aid for Fairies series. The winner’s setting will be incorporated into the thrilling series finale, where it could be visited by one of the fabled beast stars of the adventures (including a centaur, a selkie, a fairy and a dragon).   

Entrants are asked to come up with a location and describe why it is special in no more than 250 words. As well as having their location used in the final book, the winner will also get signed copies of all the books in the series and a special author visit to their class. The deadline for entry is Friday 23 September. 

More information about the First Aid for Fairies series and Set the Scene Competition can be found on from Thursday 23 June.

CfE and Glow News

The CfE and Glow News e-update provides updates on Curriculum for Excellence and support for practitioners, along with all the latest developments within Glow. Articles in the June issue of CfE and Glow News include:

  • Curriculum for Excellence Management Board
  • Senior phase statement
  • New materials available on NAR
  • STEM Central – Making connections across the curriculum
  • An enterprising approach to developing skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
  • Woods for learning 
  • Literacy across learning
  • Write at home project
  • National Qualifications – Draft Higher Course Rationales and Summaries published
  • Interesting practice – new materials on Glow •
  • Glow Science
  • Glow Cookbooks
  • Swap competition and Glow Group