Justin Davies – Secrets, Seaweed and Scoundrels

  • Wednesday 22nd February
  • Erskine Library – 11am-12pm – open to Bargarran Primary, Barsail Primary, Rashielea Primary, St. Anne’s Primary, St. John Bosco Primary
  • Johnstone Library – 1.30pm-2.30pm – open to Auchenlodment Primary, Bridge of Weir Primary, Cochrane Castle Primary, Fordbank Primary, Kilbarchan Primary, St. Anthony’s Primary, St. David’s Primary, St. Margaret’s Primary, Thorn Primary

Live Event – suitable for Primary 5 to Primary 7

Welcome to Haarville — if you’ve arrived, you’ve survived. Off the grid and not on the maps, it’s a place shrouded in fog and steeped in pungent pongs. Journey with author Justin Davies into the mysterious world of Manx Fearty, a twelve-year-old orphan who is about to lose his family’s perpetual device shop to some sinister, suspicious newcomers.

Justin shares how and why he became a children’s author, and explains some of the ways he created the mysterious, murky world of his new book, Haarville. You’ll also learn how you can use all of the senses to create exciting story settings of your own. There’ll even be a chance to devise your very own fishy, sea-weedy menu – hope you’re feeling hungry!

Bio:  Justin Davies spent years flying all over the world as cabin crew before hanging up his wings to focus on writing for children. When he isn’t writing, Justin works at his local primary school, where he absolutely, never, ever tries out his story ideas on pupils. His first book, Help! I Smell a Monster, won the Fantastic Book Awards in 2021. He is also the author of Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf. Justin lives with his husband and Sally, the greyhound rescue, in Fife, Scotland.

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 sls@renfrewshire.gov.uk   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.