Author challenges schools to spin a yarn

Elizabeth Wein
Elizabeth Wein

Secondary schools in Fife are being urged to sign up for a ScottishPower initiative aimed at encouraging reading, writing and creativity.

ScottishPower is running its Story Generator initiative for the second year in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Pupils will be given the opening line from celebrated children’s author Elizabeth Wein as the starting point for their story and the youngsters can then use their imagination to take the tale forward.

Elizabeth Wein has provided the opening line for the Story Generator initiative from her novel Code Name Verity – “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.”

Pupils are asked to each add just one individual line to the story before the next pupil picks up the thread of the tale with their own sentence.

The whole school or class can contribute to generate their own story. There are no rules regarding length or content.

The winning school will receive a donation of books and there will also be a prize for the individual pupil who provides the best line.

Ann Loughrey, head of corporate social responsibility at ScottishPower, said: “The line provided by Elizabeth Wein is a fantastic introduction to the Story Generator initiative and I am looking forward to seeing the way in which different schools and pupils can develop a story from the same opening line. “

Any school wishing to take part in the Story Generator should contact Kirstin Aitken at The BIG Partnership on 0141 333 9585 or Schools should register their interest before September 3.