Author details

Jayne Baldwin


I have lived in Galloway, South West Scotland for more than 20 years, though I was born in Yorkshire. I trained and worked as a journalist before detouring into yoga teaching for a while. I returned to writing with my first non-fiction book and have since gone into a multi-portfolio working life combining writing, editing, publishing, bookselling and yoga – there's flexibility for you! I am the co director of a children's publishing company and on a day to day basis run a children's bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland's National Booktown. I am also the Literary Advocate for the Wigtown Festival Company and in this role facilitate the Open Book Writers group.

About writer's work

I am the author of several books including historical non fiction and children's. I have also had short stories and poetry published digitally and in traditional publications. I have edited three collections of short stories. I continue to do PR work on a freelance basis but also have the year round commission for the Wigtown Festival Company. I also work as the Literary Advocate for Wigtownshire for this organisation.

Websites featuring the author

Curly Tale Books | Jayne's facebook page | Booktown Writers | Curly Tale Books on Facebook

Current events and projects

I regularly give talks and readings both on my non fiction work and with my children's books. I have mentored a number of writers helping them with writing projects and advising on publishing options. I have also done adjudication for writing competitions. I regularly work with pre-school and primary age groups as well as adult organisations including history societies, Rural's U3A, writers' groups. My non fiction covers topics including aviation, women's history, capital punishment. I have given workshops/talks/readings for Dumfries and Galloway Library Service, The Wickerman Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, Kirkcudbright Literary Society, Stewartry and Wigtownshire U3A, Dunoon Book Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival.


Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, Adults

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Books written

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Maxwell's Mega Mission

Author(s): Jayne Baldwin
Illustrated by Shalla Gray. Maxwell the woodmouse is bored but when his Dad takes him on a mission for mum he thinks things will change.
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Big Bill's Beltie Bairns

Author(s): Jayne Baldwin
Illustrated by Shalla Gray. Spring has arrived at Benyellary Farm and the twin Belted Galloways go out to the fields for the first time meeting new friends and understanding difference.

Mary Timney, The Road to the Gallows

Author(s): Jayne Baldwin
Mary Timney was the last woman to be publicly executed in Scotland. This book examines the case behind the headlines and asks if she was judged unfairly, even by the criteria of the Victorian period.
Front cover of Belties.

The Belties of Curleywee Farm

Author(s): Jayne Baldwin
Belted Galloway calf, Finlay, searches in the dark for his lost twin sister encountering the sights and sounds of the farmyard for the first time. Illustrated by Shalla Gray.

West Over the Waves: The Final Flight of Elsie Mackay

Author(s): Jayne Baldwin
Elsie Mackay was the glamorous heiress daughter of Lord Inchcape of Glenapp.