Pupils and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favourite Scottish fictional character during this year’s Book Week Scotland. Anyone visiting the Library over the two weeks surrounding the event was asked to High 5 their favourite from a list of ten:
- Oor Wullie
- Maisie the Cat
- Dennis the Menace
- Professor Minerva McGonagall
- Katie Morag
- Greyfriars Bobby
- Dr Who
- Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
- Tam O’Shanter
The list, pulled together by Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen and English teacher, Mrs Jeffrey, could be seen as a bit controversial, after all isn’t Dr Who from Gallifrey? Is Shrek really Scottish? However, the main argument surrounded the fictional status of Greyfriars Bobby, with many pupils demanding he be removed from the list altogether.
Many were also surprised that Dennis the Menace was included and learned about the variety of comics coming from Dundee.
While Mrs Macfadyen argued valiantly for Professor McGonagall, threatening to ‘magic’ several more hands into existence, it was clear that what OLHS pupils appreciated most of all was humour, with Shrek winning by a landslide. More to the point, it gave everyone a chance to show off their impersonations of different characters, and find out about some Scottish fiction that they hadn’t known about before.
In addition to the voting, pupils sat enthralled listening to Mrs Macfadyen telling Scottish folktales of Richard Canonbie and the Lee Penny. With the lights off and darkness outside, the atmosphere was certainly spooky!