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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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.