A brand new school was built in Lochside, Dumfries in 2017 - 2018. As with any new initiative there was much local debate about the project in the planning and building stages. The controversy inspired local author Kat Edwards to write a fantasy story called The Floatin Schuil (Floating School). It is a book for young and old, that can be enjoyed as a family. The fantasy is mixed with local history and folklore. The book finds comedy in the story of the new school and is written in the Scots language. Although many locals will know many of the words, there are some that have been for- gotten over the years and are reintroduced in the book. The English translations are on the opposite page. This allows the book to be used as an educational tool for teachers.
Creative Futures enabled Kat to produce the book through the design, layout and printing of the book. Creative Futures has supported Kat to present the book as a gift to the P6 and P7’s at Lochside and Lincluden schools, has supported
her in running Scots language workshops based on the book with local schools, invited her to do readings at Creative Futures events and organised a book launch at The Stove Cafe. Creative Futures also organised a design competition with Lochside and Lincluden schools to design part of the front cover. The two winning designs can be seen on the sails of the boat on the front cover.
It has been a wonderful journey for Kat and the Creative Futures team, and has given all a great sense of pride in creat- ing the book.
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