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Words of War Book Festival | Gill Arbuthnott

The Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth
21st September | 2.00pm-3.00pm
Free (Booking required)

A Secret Diary of the First World War | Children's Event
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’s 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 WW1 gallery and discover the type of kit James would have used. They can then step back in time as they enter the replica WW1 trench and meet old soldier Private McNiven to learn all about life on the front line.

Recommeded age: 6-12 years
Free (Booking required)
Words of War Book Festival | Gill Arbuthnott
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