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Authors Live on Lockdown

Each week, Scottish Book Trust will highlight three past Authors Live broadcasts (one for lower primary, one for upper primary and one for secondary) that pupils and families can watch together at home at any point during the week.

Scottish Book Trust will be updating the Authors Live on Lockdown page every Monday with three suggested broadcasts for that week, but here is a sneak preview of what’s coming up:

Upcoming schedule

Week beginning Monday 20 April

  • Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton: Have your drawing supplies at the ready for a fun-filled event with the team behind the hilarious Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Suitable for ages 6-11.
  • Liz Pichon: Featuring lots of giggles and doodles, author and illustrator Liz Pichon explores the world of her well-loved character, Tom Gates. Suitable for ages 8-11.
  • Nikesh Shukla: Hear about Nikesh's powerful novel The Boxer, the impact of experiencing racist abuse, and how sport can empower young people. Suitable for ages 12 and above.


Week beginning Monday 27 April

  • Julia Donaldson: Julia brings to life some of her best loved heroes and villains with costumes, puppets and song. Suitable for ages 3-6.
  • Nick Sharratt: Learn how illustrator Nick Sharratt creates well-loved characters, such as Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker and Kes Gray's Daisy. Suitable for ages 6-11.
  • Kwame Alexander: Join multi-award winning author Kwame Alexander for a compelling discussion about his books and the power of poetry. Suitable for ages 12 and above.


Week beginning Monday 4 May

  • Emily Mackenzie: Draw along with this fantastic event, featuring a wonderful reading of Emily's picture book There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream! Suitable for ages 3-6.
  • Matthew Fitt: Author and translator Matthew Fitt to celebrates 100 years of Roald Dahl! Watch this event to hear about how Matthew translated some of Roald Dahl's most popular stories into Scots. Suitable for ages 6-11.
  • National Poetry Day with Dean Atta, Rachel Plummer and Gray Crosbie: Join Gray Crosbie for a conversation with Dean Atta and Rachel Plummer about LGBTQ identities in poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day. Suitable for ages 12 and above.