All of last year, Scottish Friendly sponsored a book tour to encourage literacy, reading and writing in kids. Something that we believe in passionately at KiddyCharts – its the old Librarian in me, see.
The final leg of the tour saw Phil Earle visit schools in Falkirk, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire in November. Phil visited 12 schools, and spoke to 1,500 pupils. He even managed to break the record for the most books sold on a secondary school tour as well. He really inspired the kids, from a group of boys re-creating a part of his book Heroic in the playground, to being interviewed for another school’s radio show.
He talked to the kids about trying to find the drama in everything around them, from a simple conversation with your mum, to a phone call with your girlfriend. Anything can inspire a good story; and the magic in a book is often in its conversations. Writing great dialogue is therefore critical, and he explains beautifully how we can all do that here:
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Dialogue within a book can be a very important tool; for guiding the reader, as well as developing plots and characters effectively. Sometimes it is brilliant for progressing your story, without writing too much prose – get your characters to explain something to your reader themselves!
To celebrate the Scottish Book Tour and Phil Earle’s participation, we are giving away a signed copy of his latest book, The Bubble Wrap Boy. As with all our giveaway, just fill out the widget below. You can also gain extra entries when others enter the competition via a link you are given below as well.
As always, the terms and conditions are listed on our standard T&Cs page, so do check it out. In addition, this giveaway closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 19th March – should give you plenty of time to get your entry in, right?
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