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Aliens descend on Blairgowrie

18th Jan 2016

Young writers from Perth & Kinross Council's No.5 project were presented with the first printed copies of their book 'Alien's at No.5' on Tuesday, 12 January 2016.

The No. 5 Project is a community resource based in Blairgowrie which offers informal support to local young people and families.The main focus of the scheme is on young people and their families having fun and learning through activities in informal surroundings.  The project also offers residents from the local community opportunities to undertake achievement awards to support access to education and employment.

Aliens at No 5 - Book Cover

Aliens at No 5 - Book Cover

As part of BOOKMARK'S, (Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens Book Festival), outreach programme, Blairgowrie-based author, David MacPhail, held a series of workshops at No.5 for local young people over the summer months. The workshops were designed to develop reading and writing skills. The major achievement resulting from these workshops was the story of ‘Aliens at No 5’ which was created by the young people themselves with David's guidance.

David said: "It was a pleasure to work with the keen young writers at No.5 in putting together their very first book. They are such a talented and enthusiastic group with very impressive writing skills and fantastic imaginations. We kicked off the first story writing workshop by creating some characters together.  We then discussed what should happen in the story. The ideas came thick and fast from the young writers and this material enabled them to devise the story's plot and decide on appropriate illustrations. The young people then put pen to paper with the end result being the page-turning tale of 'Aliens at No.5' together with some excellent visuals."

Chair of BOOKMARK Christine Findlay added: "We are delighted with the final outcome of David's workshop sessions at No 5. 'Aliens at No 5' is a wonderful achievement for the participating young people and it made me smile - always a good result! I would like to thank David, the staff at Perth & Kinross Council's Flat No 5, design students at Blairgowrie High School and our sponsors - Blairgowrie Rotary Club, Castle Water and Foundation Scotland. Most of all, I would like to say a big thank you to the young people who put so much time and effort into creating 'Aliens at No 5'. Well done!

Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Lifelong learning Committee Councillor Bob Band said: "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the young people of the No.5 project on this outstanding achievement.  Perth & Kinross Council is in support of Bookmark's ethos of encouraging  readers and non-readers of all ages to explore the world of the imagination and travel where words and images take them. The writing workshops were a very successful example of this. The Council is, as far as possible, fully committed to assisting BOOKMARK in realising its aim of passing this unique form of magic to its audiences.".


I had a wonderful time and can’t think of a single thing to criticise or would wish to be improved.

Nick Hesketh (author)

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