The Scottish Book Trust has announced that Wester Hailes Education Centre is one of six successful schools who will be taking part in a pilot programme which will see the school working with author and storyteller Lari Don.
Lari Don, will be writer-in-residence at WHEC. Through #WHECMakingStories, S1 pupils will work with Lari to create stories they can share with their families and their community, and showcase on the school website for others to enjoy.
Lari Don said:
I’m so excited about the chance to work with pupils and teachers at Wester Hailes Education Centre as their Writer in Residence.
So many author visits are a short burst of inspiration and story-sharing, then the author has to go away, leaving the pupils and teachers to follow up the story ideas that came to life during the visit. Authors rarely see where those ideas go and what those stories become. I’m looking forward to working with WHEC pupils on the middle and the end of their stories, as well as the start. It’s a great privilege to be trusted with nurturing children’s imaginations and encouraging them to discover their own voices. I’m delighted to be given this opportunity by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature School Residency programme.
Nick Burge, Depute Head Teacher, said:
I am delighted, on bhealf of the Senior Leadership Team, to support this School Residency initiative at Wester Hailes Education Centre. It not only supports the broad NIF priorities of raising attainment, particularly in literacy and reducing the attainment gap, but compliments our school priority of encouraging reading for pleasure, not just in the school but as a cluster approach. I am excited at the prospect of seeing what can be produced by our young people through the creative writing process and eager to see them sharing their work and the enjoyment of the process with their families.