Family Events 2020

Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series

From July to October, we were joined by your favourite authors and illustrators for a series of 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 thirteen great events still available to watch for free (see below), there’s lots for curious and creative young minds to explore, from cartoon drawing with Horrible Histories’ Martin Brown, inspiring tips from one of the greatest Olympians of all times, Sir Chris Hoy, the history of space flight with spaceflight expert Libby Jackson, the lifecycle of the butterfly with top zoologist Nicola Davies, a magical musical treasure-hunt with ace author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson, and SO much more. Enjoy!

Event Sponsor Saltire Roofing

July Spotlight

Jill Calder

Jill Calder – Make Your Own Rockpool

This month’s Family Series feature is Jill Calder, who shows you how to create your very own rockpool book. A rockpool is a calm safe place, where marine life is protected from the wild seas. Our sponsor also knows how important it is to provide protection for our environment. Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd. has two special members of staff called Green Champions who make sure the company’s building works do not disturb wildlife or leave harmful waste behind.

August Spotlight

Pamela Butchart

Pamela Butchart – Adventures with Izzy

For August we’re putting Pamela Butchart’s event in the spotlight. That’s because Pamela is an actual teacher… and a really nice one too! Let’s face it, teachers need all the support they can get. And our sponsor Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd. does just that, with a programme they are putting in place to support local After-School Clubs for kids living in areas needing an extra boost.

September Spotlight

Libby Jackson

Libby Jackson – Space Explorers

Libby Jackson’s been a space engineer and a spaceship flight instructor. She now manages the UK’s Human Exploration Programme. This meteoric rise to success all started with a travel guide to Mars which she wrote at the age of 7. It reminded us a little of Steven, the Managing Director of our sponsor Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd. When we asked him what the secret of his success was, he said “Just reach for the stars, work really, really hard and you can become anything you want to be.”

October Spotlight

Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy – Be Amazing!

As a child, Chris Hoy never dreamed he would be an Olympic medallist. In his book he reveals it was learning to believe in himself (okay, also a bit of exercise) that made him a champion. We couldn’t have found a more appropriate finale for the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series, a company that not only believes in the benefits of sport for both body and mind, but supports them, through events such as this, as well as local charity cycle sportive, Tour de Lauder.

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, 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.

Saltire Roofing & Building

Family Book Festival

Returning in 2021 on Sat 19 & Sun 20 June with an action-packed weekend of surprises, delights and LOTS of fun!

Junior Bookworm

Get social with the Borders Book Festival

From Instagram to Facebook and Twitter, we’ll be keeping our social media channels up to date throughout the festival.
Like, follow and share your festival experiences with us.