Crerar Trust bookmarks another donation with £1,500 for Edinburgh International Book Festival

Crerar Trust has thrown its support behind Edinburgh International Book Festival. A £1,500 donation was made to the charity to fund three Booked! festivals reaching out to Scottish School children in areas of deprivation. The donation was celebrated at the festival’s Gala day in August 2016.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Over 18 days in August they run a programme of author events across a wide range of themes, covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Last year, the Book Festival welcomed over 225,000 visitors to 800 events bringing together authors from Scotland and the rest of the world. Alongside the main programme there is a distinct programme for children and schools and a number of events which take place throughout the year under the banner of ‘Booked!’ 

Their aim is to keep learning at the heart of what they do and to continue to provide an open forum where ideas and opinions can be shared. The huge variety of events they offer provides children and young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop the benefits of maximising children’s access to books are far-reaching. Engagement with literature has a positive impact on language skills and critical thinking which in turn influence all aspects of life and encourage the intellectual, cultural and creative development of young people. In 2016, the children’s and schools programme welcomed stories from Julia Donaldson, Chris Packham, Andy Stanton and Michael Morpurgo. 

Funding from the donation from Crerar Trust will contribute to the delivery of Booked! festivals in August 2016 to coincide with the main Book Festival. The Booked! festivals, held in Galashiels, Greenock and Aberdeen, will bring together the collective creative energy of authors and illustrators appearing at the Festival and will give them longer, more meaningful contact time with pupils from a number of schools in one location. The attendees will be given assistance towards transport costs and the events will be free.