BUDDING authors at a Clydebank primary school were given some top tips from one of the industry’s biggest names.

Author and illustrator Ed Vere popped by St Eunan’s Primary School last week, during a five-day long tour of West Dunbartonshire schools, including Bonhill and Jamestown primaries in neighbouring Dumbarton.

The youngsters were put through their paces with a rigorous drawing masterclass were Ed taught the tricks of the trade he uses to create his award winning children’s books, such as The Getaway, Banana and Bedtime for Monsters.

Ed also took the pupils through an interactive storytelling lesson to bring their creativity to life.

The mission for Ed’s visit, which was set up by the Scottish Book Trust, was to promote tolerance through literature and both the school and parents declared the day a massive success.

A school spokeswoman told the Post: “It was a fantastic experience.

“The kids absolutely loved meeting him and he was such an enthusiastic teacher.

“Despite it being a very fun event, there were also bigger messages and themes being carried throughout the workshop and we hope our pupils carry these forward with them in the school and wider community."

Commenting on the tour, Ed said: “I’m thrilled to be on the road for an exciting week of reading and drawing with children in schools around Scotland.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to meet an author and illustrator whose stories are excellent examples of friendship and tolerance. It’s also a great chance for the pupils to learn how to draw Ed’s well-known characters, and create their own stories.”