Issue 193 Children in Scotland Magazine


August – September 2019

Creative arts special

Last year, as part of our 25 Calls campaign, leading arts organisation Starcatchers called for more access to quality arts experiences for children at a young age. Inspired by this, our current edition explores the importance and centrality of art in everyone’s lives – from birth onwards.

In our lead interview with Scotland’s Makar (National Poet) Jackie Kay, Ruby from our Young Media Voices project asks for advice for young poets like herself, and we learn how poetry can open up inspirational new worlds and provide a vital refuge in the face of difficult experiences. We’re also delighted to reproduce a poem, ‘The Kindness of Trees’, written by Jackie alongside a group of schoolchildren.

In agenda, Amy Woodhouse, our Head of Policy., Projects and Participation argues that more policy makers need to acknowledge and support the positive impacts of engagement with the creative and expressive arts, and author Sophie Cameron talks about the positive impact of seeing yourself reflected in literature.

Elsewhere, our feature on the power of comics shares a vibrant comic strip from Gourock High School and Magic Torch Comics, who work with schools and community groups. We also hear from leading creative practitioners and artists including Karen McGrady-Parker, who has recently been an artist in residence in the East End of Glasgow. And we highlight the work of innovative projects working in communities across the country – from hip hop song writing, to aerial performance to art therapy, there’s something for everyone!

We hope you will take the time to read the magazine, share with your colleagues, and get involved in the conversation using #CiSMagazine.

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