Green Flame Books is a small-scale publisher based in Perthshire, Scotland which also offers assistance for schools who wish to run their own literature events. You can find out more about the books and events run by Green Flame Books over on the Jack Reusen Website (click the link for more).
Founded in 2016, Green Flame Books publish a small selection of children’s books and have recently expanded their focus to include classroom support for both short and long-term literacy events and projects within schools.
School Events and workshops
Events can range in duration and level of interaction. Starting with activities as simple as a free author talk from John Bray, the author of both the Jack Reusen series of books and the stand-alone dark fantasy story ‘Marcus’.
We are also currently in Beta stage with a collection of free classroom resources which teachers can download and use with their class. These are designed to be used in a step-by-step manner to allow a class to work on their own literary project. Due to the fact that these resources are offered for free, it is, unfortunately, the case that in-person/phone support is of limited availability for these resources.
That said, however, careful attention has been paid to ensure that each activity matches core components of level 2 in the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (topics vary and so the activities cover considerably more than simply ‘literacy’ benchmarks). The first programme of this kind will be released in its ‘Beta’ form very soon. If you would like to be one of the first to try this ten-week activity please get in touch using the e-mail address below.
Pupils write their own book!
A more involved workshop format was trialled at Ruthvenfield Primary School in spring of 2019. Pupils were guided through the planning, writing, editing, illustrating, formatting, printing, and marketing of their own book. This book, titled ‘Ruthvenfield’s Portal to the 19th century’ was written entirely by pupils in Ruthvenfield Primary’s p6-7 class (aged around 10-12), it was then printed, and copies were sold by the pupils at after-school stalls.
The pupils did a phenomenal job of planing out and creating a full chapter book with well-defined characters and a clear, cohesive story. It was a fantastic achievement on their part and showed just what a group of late-primary-aged children can achieve when working together as a class. You can find out more about this project by following this link.
Please get in touch
Free author talks from John are always available (subject to his diary) so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. Workshops like the one at Ruthvenfield Primary are conducted at a varying fee. This fee is based on the number of pupils and the size of the proposed project. Fees are typically set at a price point that should allow for the potential for this cost to be offset through fundraising activities linked to the final projects (e.g. selling printed editions of the pupils’ work).
If you would like to know more about this aspect of Green Flame Books please get in touch by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org