Janis Mackay, Sciennes’ Patron of Reading, at Assemblies

Janis Mackay, celebrated and award winning children’s author, was invited by Ms Bethan Owen to become Sciennes’ Patron of Reading and we are all thrilled that Janis has accepted this role. She will work with the school over the next three years and she gave inspiring, masterclass presentations to both P1-3 and P4-7 Assemblies on Friday 1st May 2015.

Janis introduced herself and gave us a real insight into how she became an author. As a former actress, she gave an engaging, dynamic presentation and explained how she came to write her ‘Magnus Finn’ Trilogy. Janis asked the children, “Where are the pictures?” in her books and encouraged pupils to realise how reading can spark imaginations – encouraging them to create their own images in their heads, rather than passively receiving other people’s images via screens. We are all very excited about developing strong links with her to support literacy throughout the school and gaining from her great experience of developing creative writing.

Janis enthralled our P1-3 pupils reading from her stories “The Wee Seal” and “The Selkie Girl”