Wee Write! Family Day

Wee Write! the dedicated book festival for children and families returns to the Mitchell Library on Saturday 2nd March!

Wee Write! Family Day

About Wee Write! Family Day

This year there’s a wonderful mix of authors, illustrators and storytellers, offering something for every age and stage.

At the fun-filled family day on Saturday 2 March, you’ll find lots of award-winning children’s authors and the return of many Wee Write favourites, including Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Ross Collins, Meg McLaren, Coo Clayton and Alison Moye, plus some fantastic health and wellbeing sessions for you and your children to attend as a family.

Some events are ticketed, visit the Wee Write website for cost details and more info.

Children under the age 12 months attending Wee Write! Family Day receive a complimentary ticket. Please ask the box office to support you with this request. Some restrictions apply.
Children aged 8 years and over may attend an event unaccompanied by an adult – a café is available while your child attends the event.
Parents are required to purchase a ticket and attend events for children under 8 years old.

9.15am – 9.45am | Free | For babies
The IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) is the leading recognised body for Infant Massage. Meet qualified instructors and learn a new skill that may help to improve your baby’s sleep and enhance bonding between you and your infant. The effects of massage are immediate, but they last a lifetime.

1 0 a m – 4pm | Free | Ages 0–5
Jump aboard the ‘Play, Talk, Read Bus’ Benji, listen to stories, join in with rhymes, and get involved in some messy play. Play, Talk, Read have lots of easy, fun ways to help your child be happier, learn more, and enjoy a better start in life. It’s just the ticket!

Mrs Mash Storytelling Cookbook
10am – 10.45am | £3 | Ages 3+
Mrs Mash is The Storytelling Cook, passionate about great food and cooking, and helps children create positive emotional connections to food that is enjoyable, nourishing and makes you feel good. Mrs Mash employs stories, songs, interesting props and warm human interaction to get everyone in the mood for good food!

1 0.30am – 11.15am & 1pm – 1.45pm | Free | Ages 3–5
Join us for a fun-filled Gaelic reading session for families with stories, songs and puppets with Linda MacLeod, star of BBC Alba’s Leugh le Linda. Although primarily in Gaelic, the session welcomes parents who are learning the language, or who are non-Gaelic speakers.

1 0.30am – 11.30am | Free | All ages
Elmer the patchwork elephant loves to dance – but he needs your help to get his groove on! Find out how you can use code to make Elmer dance at this fun, drop-in activity.

Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday
1 0.45am – 11.45am | £5 | Ages 6+
Join award winning author-illustrator Rob Biddulph in this interactive session. Rob brings to life some of his much loved characters from Odd Dog Out and the charming Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday. With wonderful draw-along activities and a sneak peak in to how Rob became the artist he is today, this event is sure to thrill viewers both big and small!

1 1am – 4pm (drop in) | Free | All ages
Join the Bodyworks team for this pulse-raising interdisciplinary experience and explore your endurance, strength, agility, speed and coordination through a range of zoned exhibits.

1 1.45am – 12.30pm | Free | Ages 0–4
A friendly and fun-filled story, song and rhyme session for parents and carers to enjoy with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. But, older children and siblings can join in the fun too!

Bad Nana
1 2.15pm – 1.15pm | £5 | Ages 6–9
Jeanie’s Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like… up to no good. Bad Nana is a deliciously wicked new series, told through the eyes of 8-year-old Jeanie. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with vibrantly coloured spreads, Bad Nana’s naughty exploits will shock and appal – and make you snort with laughter!

Maggie’s Monster
1 2.30pm – 1.30pm | £5 | Ages 3–8
Maggie loves monsters, but she is bored with her toy monsters and would much prefer a real one to play with. On a trip to Scotland, Maggie discovers a highland coo, a grey seal and even a golden eagle, but they are not the monster she’s searching for. Eventually Maggie spots the perfect monster to play with, but it’s not quite what she expected!

Snoof-ma-gandie! From Wimpy Kid to Wimpy Wean
1 .45pm – 2.45pm | £5 | Ages 7+
Author and translator Thomas Clark takes our young hero Greg Heffley from Jeff Kinney’s best-selling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, on his most daring and daunting adventure yet – to a high school classroom in Scotland! Get ready to gie it laldy as Thomas leads us on a funfilled and hilarious journey, skirting past crabbit teachers and glaikit classmates on our way to the very heart of the Scots language.

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
3 .30pm – 4.30pm | £5 | Ages 9–12
Ever wondered what happened to the first dog in space? Want to find out ten things worth doing on earth? Top author Frank Cottrell-Boyce is here with all the answers and more, as he introduces you to the Blythe family, Prez and Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. Don’t miss out on an event that is truly out of this world!

How to Be Hilarious
1 0.30am – 11.30am | £5 | Ages 6+
Join children’s author and performer Gareth P Jones for a lesson in hilarity. The Daily Joker has a rib-tickling joke for every day of the year, along with weekly joke challenges guaranteed to turn you into the class clown. This show contains funny stories, groan-worthy gags, silly songs, super-fast rapping, top tips and games guaranteed to have you ROFL.

Eric Makes a Splash
1 2noon – 1pm | £5 | Ages 3–7
Come and listen to Emily MacKenzie read her book Eric Makes a Splash and hear about what sends Eric the panda into a worrying whirl. Emily chats to the children about worries and fears, shows them how to draw Eric the panda and provides a fun craft workshop based around her book.

Children’s Yoga Session
1 2noon – 1pm | £5 | Ages 6+
Family yoga session with Claire Bradley. Come and chill out with your child while creating a feeling of calm and tranquillity. Return home with a sense of connectedness and full of love.

Miniature Mysteries (Pigeon P.I. & The Station Mouse)
1 .30pm – 2.30pm | £5 | Ages 3–7
In Pigeon P.I., birds from all over town have been going missing. It’s up to detectives Murray and Vee to solve the mystery before the feather thief strikes again! There’s a mystery to solve in The Station Mouse too when Maurice finds a lost item and sets out to find its owner. Learn how to draw all of these characters and solve mysteries big and small with author-illustrator Meg McLaren.

Children’s Mindfulness Session
1 .30pm – 2.30pm | £5 | Ages 6+
Find out how mindfulness is much more than just sitting in silence meditating. Mindfulness is about connection and relationships, being part of something and feeling accepted. Explore this opportunity to take time out to connect with your child using mindful games, and the breath to be truly here in the present moment.

2 .15pm – 3.15pm | Free | Ages 8+
Join us for some Secret Seven fun – test your memory, problem solve and many more fun filled activities. Can you believe the Secret Seven are 70 years old cause we can’t!

Easy Peasy Real Cooking for Kids
3 pm – 4pm | £5 | Ages 8+
A fun-filled hour of food talk with blind tastings and cooking tips for budding chefs. In their new book, Easy Peasy, Real Cooking for Kids, Mary Contini and Pru Irvine challenge families to cook together, eat together and get real about good food.

A Wee Bird Was Watching
3 pm – 4pm | £5 | Ages 3–7
Join award-winning songwriter and folk musician Karine Polwart and illustrator Kate Leiper as they read their new book A Wee Bird was Watching. Enter into an enchanted woodland of delights, listen to a wonder tale of kindness, bravery and protection, and be inspired to draw your own amazing wee bird.

Super-Powered Stories – Comic Making Workshop
3 pm – 4.30pm | £5 | Ages 8+
Explore the different ways comics tell stories and then create your own comic, cram packed with your own amazing characters having fantastic adventures, all with the help of author and comic writer Paul Bristow.

What Does an Anteater Eat?
4 .30pm – 5.30pm | £5 | Ages 3–7
An anteater wakes up hungry but has forgotten what his favourite food is. Can any of the other animals help him? Join award-winning author and illustrator Ross Collins as he draws characters and talks about his new picture book What Does an Anteater Eat? Be warned – this gets very silly.

Create your Own Happy
4.30pm – 5.30pm | £5
Ages 8+
This interactive and engaging workshop with authors and bloggers Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill, is packed with simple, fun activities children can do on their own or with friends and family to help them explore how to be resilient, positive and optimistic.

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