Family Book Festival 2021

Sponsored by Saltire Roofing & Building

We had a brilliant time welcoming our young audiences to Abbotsford for a fun-filled weekend at the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Book Festival on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 November.

The weather did its worst, and unfortunately, due to high winds, one or two events had to be called off, but hundreds of you came to meet our amazing authors, illustrators and performers, including Kristina Stephenson, Gill Arbuthnott, Justin Davies, Jill Calder, Eilidh Muldoon, Macastory and the sparkly cape-wearing Super Power Agency crew!

Event Sponsor Saltire Roofing
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Family Online Events 2020

Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series

From July to October 2020, we were joined by your favourite authors and illustrators for a series of thirteen sensational stories, amazing facts, wicked workshops and lots of laughter, in our online events for tots to teens at home and in the classroom.

With six great events still available to watch for free (see below), there’s lots for curious and creative young minds to explore, from inspiring tips from one of the greatest Olympians of all times, Sir Chris Hoy; classroom capers with larger-than-life author Pamela Butchart; creating your own rockpool book with illustrator, Jill Calder; fascinating animal facts with top zoologist Nicola Davies and world history writer and storyteller Chris Lloyd; and, a magical musical treasure-hunt with ace author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson. Enjoy!

Event Sponsor Saltire Roofing

Schools Programme

Our annual programme of schools events offers fantastic opportunities for young readers and writers from across the Scottish Borders to become actively involved in the world of writing, to explore their own creativity, and have fun with words.

When the CGI Schools Gala Day celebration took place in September 2019 (our last day of live events before the pandemic), it was one of the single biggest annual schools events held in the South of Scotland, where more than 1,100 nursery and primary school pupils joined master storytellers and artists for a day packed with captivating stories and characters.

Our schools events are developed with the support of key partners, the National Library of Scotland and LIVE Borders.

Click on the button below to view and download the 2019 programme.

Family Fun

Sat 6 & Sun 7 November

Join us at Abbotsford for a fun-filled weekend for all ages at the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Book Festival!

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