Author details

Alexander McCall


I am young but established author who was born in Aberdeen but moved south for university. My first published novel, Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens, won the 2013 Kelpies Prize and the 2015 Scottish Children’s Book Awards. The sequel, Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens, came out later that year. I have visited a large number of schools and have also done sessions at the Wee Write Festival at The Mitchell Library, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Wigtown Book Festival.

About writer's work

I have recently graduated from The University of the West of Scotland with a BA Honours in Filmmaking and Screenwriting and am currently focusing on writing my next novel and making school visits. In my work I like to focus on people who have been thrown into unfamiliar and trying situations and then expand upon how they cope in their new reality.

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Current events and projects

The session I run when I visit schools focuses on the basics of writing a short story. It covers coming up with a plot, description through the senses and creating characters. It also includes a few short readings from my books and finishes with a Q&A session at the end. In total it takes about an hour but is very flexible and so can be a little longer or shorter depending on what is needed. There is a basic version of the session for Primary school age children and a more complicated version for those in secondary school. There is a video on my website that gives more details.

Though I am based in Ayrshire I have family around Scotland so I can do sessions just about anywhere.


Local authority where they are based

South Ayrshire

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens

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Books written

Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens

Author(s): Alexander McCall
Not too long ago the children of Aberdeen struck a blow against the tyranny of their oppressors -- an army of giant robot chickens.

Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

Author(s): Alexander McCall
Why did the chicken cross the road? TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance.