The Children's Book Tent at this year's Traquair Fair features a host of storytelling treats from Scottish-based authors and Borders-based storytellers.
The family-friendly event takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited home Traquair House near Innerleithen. As well as the Children's Book Tent and some great children's entertainment, the event features an eclectic mix of traditional and world music, visual arts, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts workshops, children's entertainment, a vibrant crafts market and food and drink from around the world.
The Children's Book Tent, which sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust and solicitors Turcan Connell, will feature the following authors:
An author, illustrator and creator of CBBC series M.I.High, Keith has lived in Scotland for over 10 years. He is the creator of the popular Dinosaur FC series and will tell tales of Triceratops, Dino FC and some fresh and funny football antics from this illustrated series with a prehistoric twist. (Age group: over 7s)
Linda has written over 50 books for children, many of them for use in schools – from picture books to teenage novels. One of her most popular series is the adventures of Hamish McHaggis, the happy-go-lucky Haggis recognisable by his orange fur, big red nose and tartan hat. (Age group: 5-9 year olds)
In 2003, Dundee-based author and illustrator Natalie published her first book Hamish the Highland Cow and was shortlisted for Best New Illustrator in the Booktrust Early Years Awards the following year. Since then she has continued to write and illustrate books including Home Sweet Hamish, Donkey’s Busy Day and Moon Rabbit. (Age Group 5-8 year olds)
Leith-based Lari loves finding stories, researching stories, reading stories, listening to stories, making up stories and writing stories. She will be reading some of her favourites including The Big Bottom Hunt, How to Make a Heron Happy, First Aid for Fairies, Wolf Notes and Storm Singing. (Age Group Under 7s and 7-12s)
The Guid Crack Storytellers
A group of local storytellers based in the Scottish Borders that tell tales both comic and mystic.
Traquair Fair organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;
“The Children’s Book Tent is always extremely popular and we’re greatly looking forward to welcoming these fantastic Scottish storytellers. Children love to listen to stories and we’re delighted that the creators of such fabulous tales will be attending the Fair to entertain our visitors and hopefully help to encourage a love of books and storytelling among our young people.”
The Traquair Fair takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August from 11am until 6pm. Discounts are available for advance bookings and tickets can purchsed online at www.traquair.co.uk/fair or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323
Advance ticket prices Adult £19, Concession £13, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £46. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.
Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.
The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.
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