Project Description

Victoria Williamson – Magic and the Makar

Live event – Suitable for Primary 5, 6 and 7.

  • 17th February
    • Glenburn Library 11:00 am 
    • Paisley Central Library 1:30 pm
  • 18th February
    • Erskine Library 11:00 am 
    • Renfrew Library 1:30 pm

A lifelong storyteller and daydreamer, Victoria Williamson is a children’s author and teacher.  Her previous novels, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind were based on her experiences of teaching children with diverse backgrounds and have been shortlisted for a number of awards. Her latest book, Hag Storm, is a spooky historical fiction novel based on the life of the young Robert Burns and his encounters with the witches from his poem Tam o’ Shanter.

Victoria’s session will include reading and interactive activities on the life of Burns,  witches and magic,  Scots words and storytelling.  Explore local Scottish folklore and how communities passed their stories on through oral tradition,  and understand how Burns the radical can help us imagine a better, brighter future where everyone is valued equally.

Book an Event –  Primary Schools

All events are free to schools.  We can accommodate one class at each event (maximum 30 pupils)

If your local library is hosting events please select an event from your local library.  If your local library is not hosting an event or you are not situated near a library,  please select an event from the library that is closest to you.   (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.
  • Class participating including number of pupils (maximum 30 pupils) and name of teacher and contact email.
  • If you will require costs of bus hire to be reimbursed.

Closing date – Monday 24th Jan at 5pm. 

We will select a school at random and inform you week beginning 24th January if you have been successful.  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.

Victoria Williamson Author Photo