ROSSIE Stone, the creator Dekko Comics, put budding young comic book designers through their paces in a first for the Borders Book Festival’s Schools Gala Day on Tuesday September 20.

Under the watchful eye of Rossie, who delivered a special workshop turning schoolwork into comics at Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, 450 pupils aged nine to 11 from a number of Borders primaries designed their own comic creations on their iPads, which they use as part of Scottish Borders Council’s Inspire Learning digital education programme.

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Other storytellers who brought their characters to life to more than 1,400 nursery and primary pupils included One Button Benny’s Alan Windram, Tọlá Okogwu with Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun and Jonathan Meres with Scaredy Bat.

Sessions at MacArts were livestreamed for the first time, as part of the ongoing partnership between IT and business consulting services firm CGI, the Council’s ICT partner, and Borders Book Festival which began in 2019.

Peeblesshire News: Schoolchildren at Borders Book Festival’s Schools Gala DaySchoolchildren at Borders Book Festival’s Schools Gala Day (Image: Stewart Attwood)

The Schools Gala Day, one of the single biggest annual events for schools held in the South of Scotland, reflects the Borders Book Festival’s ongoing commitment to literature, creativity and participation within the wider local community. Volunteers from both CGI and Inspire Learning joined the festival team to help ensure the smooth running of the event.