Joined Up Learning


'The inspiringly titled Fruitful Thoughts of Adolescents brings us gingerfish, blissful summer breezes, peppermint kisses, repetitive blackness, raindrop memories, evil little sisters and a host of words and pictures which will kick us all back in touch with our adolescent selves.'

Jan Patience, arts journalist, The Herald


'The honesty and directness of the writers' approach gave their work real emotional power.'

Anne Donovan, author of Buddha Da


'The wild horses shown and written about here won't be needed to drag readers of all ages towards this excellent book (and series). To the marvellous bestiary, is added a series of poetic contemplations, taking in states of mind, emotions and concepts such as love and anger. Work on that abstract scale is hard to bring off. All the more reason to salute these young writers and artists. From the masterly poems and prints about siblings, parents and other relatives, one can draw mostly reassuring conclusions about family life in this part of Scotland. Peruse. And use!'

Donny O'Rourke, poet, journalist, broadcaster

'Adolescence is a universal experience, none of us escape it. Willie Rodger, Liz Lochhead and the writers and illustrators of this collection have compiled a compelling catalogue of the observations, joys, miseries, anxieties and expectations inherent in one of life's most unsettling milestones. Congratulations!'

Peter McCormack, curator, Auld Kirk Museum


'Visual imagery brilliantly captured - 'purple and glittery'! These pupils will surely remember their experience of working with Willie Rodger and Liz Lochead.'

Jane Cameron, curator, University of Stirling