Glasgow's premier literary event, the Aye Write! book festival, begins today. The festival's free week-long schools' programme starts on Monday.

Primary and pre school events were fully booked by the middle of last month but there are still some places left in the secondary schools section.

"Schools have had a choice of more than 70 author events and workshops to pick from and by mid-January more than 6,500 pupil places had been booked,"

a spokesman for the festival said.

"Programme details were sent to all 360 of Glasgow's nursery, primary, secondary and special needs schools and primary schools, in particular, were quick off the mark to book places this year."

Award-winning authors who will be leading primary school events include Frank Rogers, Philip Ardagh, John Foster and Theresa Breslin. Nursery groups will be taking part in experiential play sessions aimed at bringing books to life. The programme for secondary school groups from S1-S6 includes 45-minute workshops with authors such as Des Dillon, Keith Gray, Julie Bertagna and Cathy Forde.

Free buses are being provided to transport pupils to and from the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, where the festival is based.

To book a last-minute event for your secondary school class, log on to the Aye Write! festival website or coontact Class Connections.

Running in conjunction with the book festival is the Glasgow Schools' Film Festival. There are still seats left - which are free to Glasgow schools - for films such as Fast Food Nation, Scotland in the Past and The Three Musketeers.

Glasgow Film Theatre T 0141 332 8128 Class Connections T 0141 287 28632897

* www.ayewrite.com

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