A Host Of Children’s Authors Join Big Wig For Her Fun-Filled Festival in Wigtown

first_imgJayne Baldwin co-owner of Curly Tale Books and local pupil Ellie Marshall – image credit: Colin Hattersley AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAuthors, illustrators and storytellers from all over the country will be joining Big Wig – a large, friendly blue creature who lives in the woods – for the annual children’s book festival named in her honour.Among them will be Alan Windram, from near Oban, who will be joined by Saffanna Al-jbawi to read his book One Button Benny in English and Arabic.One Button Benny, the winner of this year’s Book Bug Picture Book Prize, tells the story of a robot with a single red button on his stomach with the words “Only Press in an Emergency” written next to it.Alan, a former theatre nurse and pop musician, sees the Wigtown Book Festival, and the Big Wig children’s festival which forms part of it, as a great way to stimulate young minds.He said: “Children go into their own rooms and their own worlds when they are reading. So it’s something very special to go somewhere and meet the person who created the story and the characters.“And in Wigtown there is so much for them to see and do – the variety is inspirational. What we are aiming to do is help encourage the next generation of readers, writers and illustrators.”Alan believes the fact that Wigtown is for all ages and interests also gets the message across that a love of stories and books is something everyone can share.Alan’s events are highly interactive, with a mix of storytelling, pictures, music and song, that children love.One Button Benny is also a great story for children because it emphasises that everyone has their special qualities and has a valuable contribution to make – as the other robots, which have lots of buttons, discover.And before the festival got underway Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway’s Events Champion, dropped in to meet some of those involved in the festival, to see how preparations were going.While there he discovered more about the festival’s 2019 themes – which include an emphasis on the Dark Ages with events about epic tales like Beowulf and about Galloway’s ancient archaeology, history and place names. He also had the chance to meet BIG Wig – the children’s festival mascot.He said: “Helping nurture children’s imaginations is one of the most important responsibilities adults have. It is clear that the authors within the Big Wig programme are able to do this with their wonderful creations, that adds fun and creativity to the experience of family visits to Wigtown. The council is proud of our work supporting the festival over close to two decades to fund children’s book events at the Wigtown Book Festival.”Big Wig opens up a huge world of imagination for children aged up to 14 and starts with a party to celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50thbirthday.Other attractions include Shalla Gray and Saffanna Al-jbawi telling the story of Big Bill the Beltie Bull as he goes to his local agricultural show. Then there’s Debi Gliori with The Bookworm the light-hearted tale of Max’s pet worm, which suddenly grows spikes and breathes smoke! Dragons don’t exist, do they?Renita Boyle will entertain with The Strange Visitor, a traditional tale in Scots and English, which features a wily old woman, wide-eyed cat, wild weather and a weird newcomer.Vivian French will present The Steam Whistle
 Theatre Company, the adventures of a family theatre-troupe struggling to avoid financial ruin and a story filled with dark deeds and piratical plots.Youngsters will also be able to pick up a pile of drawing skills with Shoo Rayner at a session entitled Shoobedoodling Cats and Dogs.Anne Barclay, Wigtown Book Festival Operational Director, said: “The children’s festival will be loads of fun and some lucky visitors will also get to meet Big Wig herself who will be coming in from the woods where she lives to listen to some of the stories.Alan Windram will also be leading another event, along with Sara Sheridan, aimed at young people and adults called So You Want To Be a Children’s Author?Sara is an author and Alan is a publisher as well as being a writer. Together they will share tips on how to develop characters, drive a story and take the next steps.He said: “Some people want to write for themselves, some want to tell their own story, others would love to became children’s authors. The important thing is to get it down on paper, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but you have to to get the story out there. And I only began writing books in my 40s, so it’s worth remembering that it’s never too late to start.”last_img read more

NBA’s Adam Silver says China asked league to fire Rockets’ Daryl Morey

first_img“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said (via The Washington Post). “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.””We wanted to make an absolute clear statement that the values of the NBA, these American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says at the #TIME100Health Summit pic.twitter.com/0V2YwPAPUF— TIME (@TIME) October 17, 2019On Friday, the Associated Press reported Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang rebuked Silver’s statements saying, “the Chinese government never posed this requirement.”  Related News LeBron James criticizes Daryl Morey’s anti-China tweet: ‘So many people could have been harmed’ The 57-year-old Silver also admitted the league’s begun to experience financial problems in China.“The losses have already been substantial,” Silver said. “Our games are not back on the air in China, as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”Despite the situation faced in China, Silver reiterated the league’s commitment to supporting freedom of speech. Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James’ jersey in wake of Daryl Morey commentscenter_img NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the Chinese government asked him to fire Rockets general manager Daryl Morey after he voiced support for the Hong Kong protestors earlier this month.Silver was speaking at an event organized by Time magazine in New York on Thursday when he discussed the ongoing situation between China and the league. “We wanted to make an absolute clear statement that the values of the NBA, these American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression,” Silver said.Recently, LeBron James came out and called Morey’s tweet supporting the Hong Kong protestors “misinformed” while the league has faced severe backlash from the Chinese government. The NBA regular season kicks off on Oct. 22 with matchups between the Pelicans and Raptors at 8 p.m. ET and Lakers and Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona’s way

first_imgBarca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.But the on-loan Manchester City defender was sent-off for pulling down Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan had levelled and Messi smashed home the resulting penalty.Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled for the 10 men before half-time, but Messi and finally Andre Gomes with his first Barca goal sealed the three points.Madrid still also have a game in hand over their title rivals.“We created a huge number of chances and deserved to win by a bigger margin,” Barca boss Luis Enrique told Spanish TV station Movistar.“Against an opponent with very good players we’ve picked up three valuable points.”Enrique named the same side that beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 10 days ago to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals in stunning fashion.Barcelona’s forward Luis Suarez (R) receives a penalty from play by Valencia’s Brazilian defender Eliaquim Mangala on March 19, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEAnd whilst not matching that drama, there was no shortage of action as Valencia showed up the defensive flaws in Enrique’s new 3-4-3 system.An action packed final 15 minutes of the first-half saw four goals and a red card.Barca’s weakness from set-pieces was exposed again a week on from conceding twice from corners in a 2-1 defeat at Deportivo la Coruna when Mangala powered home Dani Parejo’s corner to open the scoring.The lead lasted just six minutes as Suarez raced onto Neymar’s throw-in to slot into the far corner.Mangala went from hero to villain as he then pulled down Suarez inside the area to concede a penalty and be sent-off.– Messi on 41 goals –Messi beat penalty specialist Diego Alves from the spot.However, straight from kick-off Barca were caught cold as Jose Gaya teed up Munir El Haddadi to score against his parent club for the second time this season.The champions still had 45 minutes to make their man advantage count, though, and they did so despite missing a host of chances after the break.Messi drilled home at Alves’s near post seven minutes into the second period for his 41st goal of the season.Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring on March 19, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUSuarez somehow slotted wide with the goal gaping after Alves had denied Messi his hat-trick, whilst Neymar hit the bar.But Barca finally put the game to bed a minute from time when Neymar crossed for Gomes to tap home against his old side.At the Calderon, Griezmann shone for Atletico once more as he teed up Diego Godin’s opener and then struck a stunning free-kick for his 22nd goal of the season.Koke added Atletico’s third before Joaquin Correa registered a consolation for Sevilla.Sevilla were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico’s quarter-final opponents Leicester City on Wednesday and have seen their lead over Atletico in third place in La Liga now whittled down to two points.A third straight league win moves Diego Simeone’s men seven points clear of Real Sociedad and Villarreal in the battle for fourth.“Sevilla have had a magnificent season and have been lauded by the press. That highlights even more how well Atletico played,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.And the Atletico fans also celebrated the return of Fernando Torres for the first time since he was knocked unconscious in a sickening head clash at Deportivo la Coruna on March 2.Defeat realistically ends Sevilla’s already fading shot at the title as they fall eight points behind Real Madrid.And coach Jorge Sampaoli claimed he has to rediscover the “real Sevilla” during the international break after four games without a win.“We have come from a very hard blow to take and now we have to find solutions and the real Sevilla.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez after scoring a goal against Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 19, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Mar 19 – Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday.Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.last_img read more

Guns, drugs, and cash seized during Fort St. John drug bust

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A 46 year-old man is facing a number of drug trafficking charges after police raided a home in Fort St. John late last month.At around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th the Fort St John RCMP’s Drug Section and Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 8900 block of 87th Avenue.During the search, police seized 5 loaded firearms, approximately 800 suspected fentanyl tablets, 2 ounces of suspected fentanyl, 20 ounces of suspected powder and crack cocaine, 3 ounces of suspected crystal meth, and $38,000 cash.- Advertisement -The homeowner, 46 year-old Dana Andrew Nazarek, has been charged with four counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking, though police say additional charges may be laid. Nazarek is expected to appear in court on March 12th.last_img read more

Hotshots make it 5 straight

first_imgPOC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Magnolia, which opened its conference with two straight losses, matched league-leading TNT’s streak this conference.The Hotshots opened the floodgates early, taking a 32-15 lead after the first quarter on the strength of an 18-0 run that broke a deadlock at 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJio Jalalon’s jumper capped that blitzkrieg that gave Magnolia a 30-12 lead with half a minute left in the period.Magnolia’s biggest scare didn’t come in the form of a scoring outburst from the Bolts but in star guard Paul Lee falling to the floor after what looked like an ankle sprain. Magnolia continued its hot streak and zapped Meralco, 99-88, in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup Petron Saturday Special at MVA City Coliseum in Zamboanga.Local hero Mark Barroca had himself a homecoming to remember with 21 points and seven assists as he spearheaded the Hotshots’ fifth straight victory that maintained their hold of the third seed with a 5-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Delroy James accidentally landed on Lee’s left foot that momentarily sent the oft-injured guard to the bench with 10:21 to play.Lee, though, returned to the game at the 5:31 mark, finishing the game with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting.James Farr held the paint for the Hotshots with 19 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks while Ian Sangalang added 11 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Petron scores, but Cignal sends a message PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more