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Book Festival | A Secret Diary of the First World War

Book Festival | A Secret Diary of the First World War

Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 2:00pm — 3:00pm

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A Children’s Event with Gill Arbuthnott

Did you know parachuting pigeons helped win the First World War? This and other fascinating facts are woven into the story of a young laddie from Dalkeith, James Marchbank, who served in the Royal Scots during the Great War. This book, lovingly illustrated by Darren Gates, places the reader in 14-year-old James’s boots as he marches off to war. Gill Arbuthnott will talk about James’ story which is told in an easy and engaging manner. Gill will explore with the children the mix of real experiences and facts that offer an insight and explanation into a terrible moment in Scottish history. The book entertains with facts, puzzles and humour. 

Following this session children are invited to visit the World War 1 gallery and discover the type of kit James would have used. They can then step back in time as they enter the replica World War 1 trench and meet old soldier Private McNiven to learn all about life on the front line.

Recommended Age 6-12 years

This is a FREE event although booking is required | Call 01738 638152 option 3 to book