Category Archives: Scottish Culture

National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has launched a writing competition.

Inspired? Get writing! creative writing competition 2010/2011

Enjoy creative writing? Not sure where to start? A look at some of the thousands of amazing works of art from the national collection is a great place to begin.

Inspired? Get writing! creative writing competition is now in its sixth year. It is a joint venture between the National Galleries of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, and The English-Speaking Union, and is supported by the Scotsman.

There are five categories for school pupils and adults. Entries can be in the form of prose or poetry but should be no longer than 1,000 words.

The closing date is Friday 21 January 2011. An award ceremony with public readings of the winning works will take place on 21 April 2011.

‘Manfred the Baddie’

During the next few weeks all P1 children in Scotland will receive a free book with a message from Bookbug, the Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Gifting Programme.
This year’s chosen book, “Manfred the Baddie” by John Fardell, won the 0-7 age category of the 2009 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books. East Lothian Council Library Services, working with the Education Department and the Scottish Book Trust, will be delivering these books to Primary 1 classes in our Authority.

In addition, from the end of November local libraries will be holding “Manfred the Baddie” FREE events, for pupils. For more details please contact your local library or visit

Scottish History, Culture and Heritage – Project Support

All schools have recently received a letter inviting them to apply for Curriculum for Excellence funding to support projects with a focus on Scottish history, culture and heritage.

Margaret O’Connor has identified the following contacts who can provide advice on project bids and practical support in delivering your project.

Arts – Ruthanne Baxter

Museums – Sarah Cowie

Archaeology – Biddy Simpson

Natural Heritage – Maree Johnston

Local History – Sheila Millar

Historic Buildings and Townscapes – Paul Zochowski

Newhailes House – Mark McLean

Good luck with your bids!

The Daily What

Check out the new Scottish Schools’ online news service provided by LTS: The Daily What

The Daily What News for Schools in Scotland is an online news service provided by LTS for Scottish schools to help the development of literacy and language (English and Gaelic) in young people aged 9 – 16 and to provide resources to facilitate interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking skills. The service aims to provide teachers and learners with trustworthy resources and classroom activities designed to engage and inspire learners through well written content and interactivity.