Author details

Allan Burnett

Biography

*Please note, Allan is not currently available for Live Literature events*

 

Allan Burnett is an author, journalist and historian with a passion for bringing the past to life through exciting talks and workshops with lots of audience participation. As well as regular festival appearances, he has worked with schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeenshire on the art of writing and research, helping pupils in one school publish a book about their community - and is currently working on a similar project. Born in Uist in the Western Isles, Allan went to Edinburgh to attend university by day and tell ghost stories to tourists and schools by night. Currently working with The Sunday Herald, his And All That children's history books have been described by The Scotsman books editor as 'bold but thoughtful ... studded with (usually macabre) jokes'. He is currently working on two new And All That books, as well as a book about Scottish inventions.

About writer's work

Horror, comedy, tragedy and adventure - not to mention romance and superstition. That's history for you. There are lessons to be learned and fun to be had in exploring the past, especially the lives of big characters like Robert Burns or Mary, Queen of Scots. History is the key to understanding why our world turned out this way and how it might look tomorrow, and that's why I enjoy writing about it for youngsters in the And All That books. History gives children a sense that they are part of something, that their own lives are the latest chapter in the greatest story ever told - and it's a great tool for improving their reading, writing and speaking skills. This is the philosophy I take into the classroom, where I work in partnership with teachers, and the festival tent - where I always try to mix the serious with the very, very silly.

Websites featuring the author

Birlinn | Website

Current events and projects

School readings, residencies and workshops focused on three key stages: inspiration, research, writing.
Helping schools to write, illustrate and publish history books about their community.
Festivals. Adult lectures. Walking tours of historical sites.
Please contact him through his publisher, Birlinn Ltd.

Contact details

Please contact Allan through his publisher. 

Local authority where they are based

Other

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, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

The Story of Scotland: Inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Author(s): Allan Burnett
The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of 420 million years of Sc

WWI Scottish Tales of Adventure

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Acclaimed children’s author Allan Burnett turns his attention to the First World War in a book of explosively exciting and emotionally charged tales of bravery and adventure.

Rob Roy and All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Rob Roy And All Tha is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about the loveable Highland rogue. Stampede through the glens as Rob and his gang are chased by the deadly Duke of Montrose.

Macbeth and All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Macbeth And All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's infamous king.

Bonnie Prince Charlie And All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Bonnie Prince Charlie And All That; is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Britain's royal rebel.

Columba and All that

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Columba And All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about the legendary Celtic saint. Join Columba as he leaves his home in Ireland for the undiscovered country of Scotland.

Robert Burns and All that

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Robert Burns And All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's national bard.

William Wallace And All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
William Wallace And All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's legendary hero.

Robert The Bruce And All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Robert the Bruce and All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's warrior king.

Mary, Queen of Scots And All That

Author(s): Allan Burnett
Mary, Queen of Scots and All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's headless heroine.