Michael Rosen Returns For Authors Live 10 Year Anniversary Over 5 Million Views During The Last Decade

Author and poet Michael Rosen starred in the first ever Authors Live broadcast with BBC Scotland, and he returns to Pacific Quay for a special event for over 10,000 children to mark the ten year anniversary with comic artist Tanya Roberts on Tuesday 3 March 2020.


Authors Live brings the best writers, illustrators and poets straight into classrooms across Scotland and the rest of the UK. A partnership with Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning, Authors Live supports primary and secondary school teachers with events themed around modern issues such as conservation, mental health and LGBTQ identities.


For the anniversary broadcast, Michael Rosen will perform a selection of his poems, with live illustration from Tanya Roberts. Presenter Janice Forsyth will discuss the relationship between word and image with Michael and Tanya as well as celebrating the joy of creating poetry and comic books.


Michael Rosen said:  “I am really looking forward to returning to Glasgow for Authors Live. It’s great to be back to celebrate the anniversary, a whole decade later.”


Tanya Roberts said: “To be part of the Authors Live 10 year anniversary means so much! I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with the poems. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience! I’ll do my best.”


Since Authors Live began in 2010, there have been 78 broadcasts with over five million views from all 32 Scottish local authorities and across the rest of the UK. As well as watching live, schools can engage with previous Authors Live events through the Watch on Demand Library. Previous events have featured Malorie Blackman, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson and Jackie Kay.


There are also free CfE-linked resources to support each author broadcast in the classroom. A recent audience survey found that 62% of Authors Live viewers found a new author through the programme, and 46% of learning professionals purchased new books after watching Authors Live (Scottish Book Trust survey, November 2019).


Authors Live is an essential tool for rural schools, who either have few author visits or cannot afford to pay for the travel costs for such an event. The events are also multi-lingual: during Book Week Scotland 2019, 19% of Scottish primary schools were registered for the Scots and Gaelic event: the highest viewing figures in over two years.


During the live broadcasts, the attending school can ask questions in the BBC studio, and others can engage online through the #BBCAuthorsLive on Twitter. To watch Authors Live, schools simply have to register for the broadcast at Scottish Book Trust’s website.


Survey Results

  • 62% of Authors Live viewers found a new author through the programme
  • 46% of learning professionals purchased new books after watching Authors Live
  • 93% of viewers have carried out additional activities relating to the programme. Children have:
  • Written to authors
  • Designed treasure hunts
  • Created their own book covers
  • Written their own stories
  • 89% of learning professionals agreed that Authors Live has encouraged the children/young people they work with to read more widely.


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:Over the last ten years, our successful partnership with BBC Scotland has given every school across the country free and equal access to the very best author, illustrator and poetry events. Authors Live is an essential resource for every teacher in Scotland, complimenting the curriculum and providing pupils with the opportunity to engage with the event from their own classroom.”


Anthony Browne, Head of Learning and Digital at BBC Scotland, said: “Authors Live has connected millions of Scottish young people with writers from across the world, helping to share the joy that books and reading can bring to our lives. We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of working with Scottish Book Trust and we’re looking forward to continuing to bring Authors Live to classrooms all across Scotland.”

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