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AT the start of National Children's Book Week, JANE MACAULAY outlines some of the events in and around Lerwick, Inverness and Aberdeen

A HELICOPTER is not exactly a time machine, but nine Shetland youngsters, who take a trip in one soon, may well feel they are entering the world of Dr Who.

The author of the Dr Who books, Terence Dicks, who has also written the scripts for some of the TV episodes, Is visiting Shetland this week as part of National Children's Book Week.

Among his many duties Is judging three children's contests at Shetland Library and nine of the winners he chooses will win a very special prize a trip In a British Airways helicopter.

The contests are all on the Dr Who theme. There is a chance to draw or make a model Of one of the Dr Who monsters Dalek or a Cyberman, for example; to write review of one of the books; or to dress up in horrific costume for the Carnival of Monsters parade Lerwick on Saturday.

The helicopter flights will go to three winners In each contest but, to satisfy regulations, the winners must all be aged 10 or over.

Other book-week events connected with Shetland Library include an exhibition of children's books of the year; visits by schools to the library, and a puppet show by Audrey and Gordon Ward.

Held annually, the book week alms to encourage youngsters to read and Involves thousands of events at libraries, schools and bookshops throughout Britain.

Visits from authors are quite a common part of the week, but the people of Shetland consider themselves particularly lucky that Terence Dicks has agreed to travel so far north and to stay for the week, rather than the more usual one-day visits.

As well as the library, he la visiting various schools and bookshops, so many youngsters should have chance to meet him.

Not that Shetland youngsters need much encouragement to enjoy reading. Books have always been popular there, says librarian Linda Thomson. especially In the more outlying areas. There Is always great demand for children's books from the mobile library service.

In the Highlands, too, there are several bookweek events taking place. The Inverness Book Group have Invited two authors visit Robert Lee, who wrote the music book, Business", and Shirley Hughes, book illustrator and writer of the Dogger series.

Robert is visiting Crown and Central schools, Inverness, today, and Shirley will be In the area on Wednesday, visiting Drakies and Smithton schools, Inverness, and Millbank School, Nairn, and giving a talk at Inverness Library 7 p.m. to adults and youngsters aged eight and over.

The book group have 50 "project boxes" of books and other materials which they lend to schools throughout the area. During the week, they are purchasing two new boxes, on shopping and the Wild West, with the help of some books donated by publishers.

They are also organising book swap at various schools in the area.

Also visiting Inverness is Grant Campbell, a former police chief constable from Perth, who will be at Inverness Library tomorrow, reading from his recently published book of Scottish fairy tales.

The library has chosen the theme, "monsters, ghosts and fairies" for their book-week events and are organising contests to design a bookmark, make model of a monster, write a story and answer a quiz.

There are book swaps, story-telling sessions for younger children and, on Thursday, an event called "monstrous fun-time", where youngsters will have a chance to paint their faces. Parents should not be too concerned, for the paints are mixed with baby lotion, so should be easy to remove.

Aberdeen libraries have painting and drawing competitions at Central, Kincorth, Bridge of Don and Alryhall branches, with lots of prizes to be won, including book tokens supplied by local bookshops.

National Children's Book Week is organised by the Book Marketing Council and sponsored by Lloyds Bank. On a national level, about 3000 books are being donated by publishers as prizes and gifts, with a substantial number going to the disabled.

Wherever you live, there plied by local bookshops, are plenty of things going National Children's Book on to help you enjoy Week is organised by the reading. It might well be Book Marketing Council worth a trip to your local and sponsored by Lloyds library.


Caption: YOUNG Shetlanders will hoping they do not see this character scooting between the bookshelves of their library. But they should see the author of the Dr Who books, Terence Dicks, who will visiting the Islands ae part of National Book Week.


Spelling correction: Terrance Dicks

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