Scottish Friendly Book Tour: an inspiring idea

Poet Theresa Munoz visited 10 secondary schools in Teesside last week as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, organised by Scottish Book Trust, has been running for 19 years. It tours throughout Scotland’s urban, rural and remote communities and visits every single Scottish local authority on a three-year cycle. Every year the tour also brings the best writers living and working in Scotland to England, to inspire pupils. The tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 90,000 children since it began in 1998.

This year, Theresa’s sessions explored ideas of belonging and identity, through her own experiences of migration and making human connections in a digital age. The poet, who was born in Vancouver and now lives in Edinburgh, recently released her debut collection of poetry, Settle. It was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize and her work has been published in various journals including The Poetry Review, Scottish Review of Books, The Scotsman, and Canadian Literature.