Barbara Henderson – Rivet Boy

  • Thursday 16th February
  • Paisley Central Library – 9.30am-10.30am – open to Gallowhill Primary, Lochfield Primary, Ralston Primary, St. Catherine’s Primary, St John Olgilvie Primary, St. Charles Primary, St. Mary’s Primary, Todholm Primary, West Primary, Williamsburgh Primary
  • Skoobmobile – 11.15am-12.15am & 1.45pm-2.45pm – open to Houston Primary, Howwood Primary, Inchinnan Primary, Langbank Primary, Lochwinnoch Primary, St. Fillan’s Primary, Wallace Primary

Live Event – suitable for Primary 4 to Primary 7.

Join author Barbara Henderson for the launch of her new book Rivet Boy.   The book celebrates individual courage, skilled engineering and Scotland’s industrial heritage, and tells the story of real boy John Nicol (who fell from the Forth Bridge during construction and survived), and his friend Cora, an aspiring engineer. It also features William Arrol, the Renfrewshire born engineer who built the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and Tower Bridge in London.    It’s an amazing story and Barbara will bring it to life through readings, drama activities and live interactive engineering challenges.

Bio:  Barbara Henderson is an award-winning children’s author, interactive storyteller and drama teacher – although in the past she has earned her crust as a puppeteer, relief librarian and receptionist among others.   Barbara is the author of six historical novels for children as well as the children’s eco-thriller Wilderness Wars, and is published by Cranachan Publishing and Luath Press. In addition to her two Young Quills Awards from the Historical Association for The Chessmen Thief (2022) and The Siege of Caerlaverock (2021), she has won several national and international short story competitions and was shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2013. She is a member of the Time Tunnellers and is passionate about connecting young people with their heritage through stories.

Book an Event 

Bus hire costs can be reimbursed to schools who are situated more than one mile from where a library event is taking place.

Email   with the subject heading – Paisley Book Festival Schools Programme Bookings – Name of Event

Please provide the following information in the email:

Name of your school.

Name of Teacher and Class Attending (include year group) with Contact Glow Email Address

Number of pupils and number of school staff / parent volunteers attending

If you will require costs of bus hire to be reimbursed.

Closing date – Thursday 26th January 2023.

We will inform you if you have been lucky on Monday 30th January.   The library will provide copies on loan of the author’s books for the teacher to use in advance, and can recommend classroom resources if available.

Barbara Henderson