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Children get animated in countdown to book awards

Hawick Library played host to 16 budding film makers last week at one of several precursors to the annual Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award Ceremony.

Two primary 6/7 pupils from each of the Hawick cluster schools attended an animation workshop run by Simone Russell and her student assistant Nicole Shearman who is studying Digital Media at Napier University.

Richard Joyce’s ‘Mr Baboomski and the ‘Wonder Goat’ was chosen as the novel to animate and the children all worked together to produce a short film which will be shown to the authors, illustrators, pupils, teachers and invited audience at the much-anticipated Award Ceremony in May.

“I enjoyed narrating and animating, it was soo fun!!!” said P6 Drumlanrig School pupil Rihanna Smillie.

The workshop takes place each year in Hawick Library and plays an important part of the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award which involves all local primary schools with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure and to participate in the Book Review Competition.

The Heart of Hawick Book Award is now in its 10th Year.  The authors who attend the event in May will also be visiting the Primary Schools and talking to the children as part of the lead-up to the ceremony when the winners of the Award and the Children’s Book Review Competition will be announced.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Live Borders, who manage all library services in the Scottish Borders, said: “Reading books and using the imagination is so important and by taking part in the animation workshops children have been developing their language skills whilst being creative and, of course, having fun at the same time.”