Bard, not bored
The 11th annual Shakespeare Schools Festival opened at Church Hill Theatre this week, when pupils from Fettes College, Galashiels Academy and Pinewood School in Wiltshire performed Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and The Tempest respectively. Over eight weeks, 600 schools will perform half- hour Shakespeare plays in 78 professional theatres as part of the festival.
A new child protection guide for anyone working with children in creative activities has been produced by Children in Scotland and Creative Scotland. Creating Safety (2011) updates the previous edition.
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Artist, writer and playwright John Byrne has launched the 2011 John Byrne Award, the competition which asks S6 pupils in Edinburgh to respond to a piece of text related to the theme "Inspiring Values for Today". The stimulus text this year is an extract from the Sermon on the Plain, from the gospel according to Luke, Chapter 6, verses 17-49. www.johnbyrneaward.org.uk
For the record
Glow users have been given access to the two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s. Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the accounts provide a record of a wide variety of topics from wealth to wildlife. Visit
Author Catherine MacPhail and Gerry Cambridge, poet and writing fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University, will tutor winners of the Pushkin Prize in 2012. Pushkin prizewinners' week is a creative writing experience awarded to 10 young Scottish writers (S1-2), together with two from a parallel competition in St Petersburg, at the Arvon Foundation Writers' Centre near Inverness. www.pushkinprizes.net.