Generating stories at Brechin High

Brechin High School has registered to take part in ScottishPower’s newest initiative aimed at encouraging reading, writing and creativity amongst pupils.

The school will take part in Story Generator, which involves pupils being given the opening line of a novel by celebrated Scottish, children’s author Julie Bertagna.

This line provides the starting point for their story and the youngsters then use their imagination to take the tale forward.

Pupils are asked to each add just one individual line to the story before the next pupil picks up the thread of the tale with their own sentence.

The whole school or class can contribute to generate their own story. There are no rules regarding length or content.

Julie Bertagna has provided the opening line for the Story Generator initiative from her novel Zenith - “Out on the world’s ocean, night is a black war-horse. The white ship bucks upon it like a ghost rider with no reins.”

The winning school will receive a donation of books and there will also be the fantastic prize of a Kindle for the individual pupil who provides the best line.

ScottishPower has launched Story Generator in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the deadline for entries is Friday, October 14.

The launch of Story Generator follows the highly successful ScottishPower Story Swap Shop for Primary School children.

Now in its third year, more than 60 schools across Scotland have participated, raising much needed funds for charity whilst also encouraging youngsters to read.

For more information on ScottishPower, please visit For additional details on the Edinburgh International Book Festival visit