The Scottish Design Exchange's primary schools' writing competition Be The Book is launched this week. The aim is to introduce pupils to the publishing process, and they will work with illustrators, writers, book designers and layout specialists, to produce a volume of their own work.
Peter Burnett of the Scottish Design Exchange explained: "We've all seen children making movies and music at an incredible level using new technology, and we wanted to show that the same software and rules also apply to the production of books. We'll show the same children how they can use their computer and free and user-friendly software to produce books." A pilot of the competition has been launched at Trinity Primary School in Edinburgh and the response from the pupils and staff has been huge. "We're really pleased the school have taken up this idea," said Peter, "and we look forward to working with the pupils later in the year." There are already competitions organised by companies which will produce books of writing for primary schools. These companies however can be expensive and their books are of a lesser quality than they need to be, given the advances in digital printing and typesetting software. So why not get the children involved in the design process too, even chosing the paper stock the book will be printed on? That's the idea behind Be The Book in a nutshell. We would like to give a big thanks to Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre for supporting us in this project. Their generous gesture of sponsoring our initial publishing costs has allowed us to donate the entire profit for the book sales to Trinity Primary School.
For more information contact Peter Burnett at The Scottish Design Exchange.