Author details

Lari Don


I am passionate about stories. I love finding stories, researching stories, reading stories, listening to stories, making up stories and writing stories. And I love sharing stories and my experience of stories with others. When I meet young readers in schools, libraries, shops, tents, caves or castles, I’m always very clear that I’m not the only writer there. We are all writers. We all have stories inside us. All I do is share some of my tips and techniques, and all of my excitement and passion. I don’t tell anyone else how to write.

I’m from the North East of Scotland, and spent most of my childhood playing really dangerous games up trees, on railway lines, on roofs, and beside water. I must have spent some time at school and reading books, but my main memories are outdoor ones, so most of the books I write are set in the Scottish landscape - adventures, quests, chases and escapes. I now live in Edinburgh, keeping my own kids well away from water, railway lines and roofs, and after spending time playing with words both as a political press officer and a radio producer, I’m now a full-time children’s author and occasional traditional storyteller.

About writer's work

I write adventure novels for 8-12 year olds, including the award-winning First Aid For Fairies And Other Fabled Beasts and the other books in the Fabled Beast Chronicles, and the forthcoming Spellchasers trilogy. But I write for younger and older children too. I’ve written picture books, including The Big Bottom Hunt, and I’ve written a teen thriller, Mind Blind. And I love retelling traditional tales, in gorgeously illustrated picture books like The Secret of the Kelpie and Little Red Riding Hood, and in collections of themed myths and folklore like Girls, Goddesses & Giants, and The Dragon’s Hoard. I’ve also written for reluctant readers and early readers. I’m happy to chat to young writers (and adult writers too) about what I’ve learnt from such a varied experience of writing. 

Websites featuring the author


Current events and projects

I’m happy to do hour-long author visits to introduce my books, talk about how I wrote them, have fun with imagination exercises to inspire children’s own writing, and share a few of the myths or folktales that inspire me. I can also do longer writing workshops, as well as projects requiring more than one session and resulting in finished written work. The content of my author sessions is very flexible, and I’m happy to discuss and meet specific requirements. I do love new challenges, and I believe that stories can do anything.


Local authority where they are based


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

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Storyteller, Writer



Books written

Little Red Riding Hood cover

Little Red Riding Hood

Author(s): Lari Don
Little Red Riding Hood's mother warns her to go straight to Granny's, but when she meets a handsome grey wolf along the way, she doesn't see the harm in stopping for a chat.
Masha and the Bear cover

Masha and the Bear

Author(s): Lari Don
When young Masha ventures out into the forest to pick berries to feed her family, she gets lost. A friendly bear finds her and welcomes her into his home.
The Hungry Wolf cover

The Hungry Wolf

Author(s): Lari Don
When a hungry young wolf spots a tasty-looking animal in the field above the river, he thinks he has found some dinner . . . but the fluffy little lamb is more clever than he has bargained for.
House of the Nine Doors cover

The House of the Nine Doors

Author(s): Lari Don
A classic tale of the Irish legend Finn McCaul, as he strives to fulfil a challenge to free his jailed uncle. The question is, is it even humanly possible?!

Breaking the Spell: Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland

Author(s): Lari Don
Illustrated by: Cate James
Meet witches and kelpies, fairies and selkies, brave warriors and courageous girls, in ten spellbinding tales from Scotland, from Orkney and Skye to Perthshire and the Borders. . . .

Serpents and Werewolves

Author(s): Lari Don
A brilliant collection of folk tales: from the girl whose stepmother turned her into a dragon, to the werewolf's bride, and the god who became a fish but was caught in his own net...
Secret of the Kelpie cover

The Secret of the Kelpie

Author(s): Lari Don
"Every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie.

The Tale of Tam Linn

Author(s): Lari Don
Janet is forbidden from visiting the woods near her father's castle because legend says that long ago a local boy called Tam Linn was stolen there by the fairy queen and never returned.

Mind Blind

Author(s): Lari Don
Award-winning author Lari Don skilfully weaves a world of secrets, power and supernatural abilities in her first book for young teens.

Winter's Tales: Stories of Winter from Around the World

Author(s): Lari Don
A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world.