A SUMMER of Stories is the theme for activities at Helensburgh Community Hub over the holiday period.

Throughout the summer holidays the Hub will host a variety of events and activities based around the joy of sharing books and stories.

Helensburgh-based children’s author Robin Scott-Elliot will lead a Story in a Week workshop for young people from P7 to S2 in the first week of August.

Robin is no stranger to the Hub, having appeared at the East Princes Street venue in March to talk about the First World War experiences of his grandfather, Bertie Anderson from Cardross, and three great-uncles.

He’s also the author of three novels for children – The Tzar’s Curious Runaways, The Acrobats of Agra, and Hide and Seek – with a fourth on the way.

There are two family storytime and craft sessions in July on Saturday July 9 and 23, and a pop-up sale is also being planned when there will be extra bargains on books and jigsaws.

Meanwhile throughout the summer the Hub will be giving people some great reading recommendations via postcards that have been filled out by people of all ages detailing their favourite reads.

Gill Simpson, the hub’s development manager, said: “We really want to make the most of our unique and fantastic Book Nook so what better than to join in the Scotland’s Year of Stories celebrations.

“We are going to be reading stories, writing stories and recommending stories all summer.

“We are really lucky to be working with Robin again and this is a fantastic opportunity for any youngsters who enjoy making up stories.

“Robin is finishing his fourth children’s novel following much critical acclaim and sales success for his first three, so the young people will benefit from his wealth of experience.

“And who knows - maybe their work will also end up in bookshop windows in the future?

“We have already begun collecting a whole range of great summer reading recommendations. I went to visit the Hermitage Academy book club recently and they gave me a huge range of absolutely brilliant suggestions. It’s a really simple idea but it might just give someone food for thought to pick up a book.”

For more information contact Gill on 01436 678088 or manager@helensburghcommunityhub.org.uk, or check out the Hub’s Facebook and Instagram pages.