Author details

Ian Cameron


Best selling author, award winning illustrator and graphic designer, and acclaimed lecturer and broadcaster. His professional experience has included publishing, radio, television and film production as well as a distinguished academic career. A more recent string to his bow has been directing, producing, and even acting, in several plays at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. He is equally at ease speaking to either adult or children’s groups and his work is widely read both in Britain and abroad.

About writer's work

I have a wide range of interests many of which have been reflected in my writing. These include history, particularly Scottish, British and North American history, scientific publications and films and film making. Music of all types from early jazz, musicals, pop, Scottish country and folk inspire.

Current events and projects

Experienced in speaking at bookshop visits, in schools, to library and writers groups, conferences, and at numerous book festivals. For Children – Readings and story development information that may include the use of illustrations if appropriate. Questions welcomed afterwards. For Adults – Explanation of how my books were written and how the various characters developed. May include readings. Questions welcomed.

Other work

Counter Force – Beware the Tektrons (Armada/Harper Collins, 1988) ISBN 0 00 692883 8 In the early part of the 21st century six friends find themselves locked in a deadly conflict with an invading alien intelligence from beyond the stars. These dedicated young people rapidly discover that they have to work alone against invaders who are clever and well hidden.

Counter Force – Find the Tektrons (Armada/Harper Collins, 1988) ISBN 0 00 692884 6 Following another secret message from missing scientist Clark Melville, the Counter Force fly to Japan to discover where the Tektrons are hiding and what they plan to do next. Armed with this information the youngsters travel to Kenya to investigate a mysterious secret installation deep in the Rift Valley.


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

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Illustrator, Writer



Books written

The Jimmy Shand Story

Author(s): Ian Cameron
The story of the legendary Scottish dance band leader from his early days in East Wemyss through the development of his musical skills and eventually the establishment of his world famous bands.

I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!

Author(s): Ian Cameron
Illustrated by: Ian Cameron
The story of John Paul Jones, the Scot who became the hero of the American Navy. From south west Scotland through his steady promotion as a seaman to become the master of his own ship.

The Roman Letters

Author(s): Ian Cameron
Illustrated by: Ian Cameron
Eleven year old Ally Fraser buys an old cigar box at a charity market and when he gets home he finds some rubber stamps and an ink pad.

The Thistle

Author(s): Ian Cameron
Illustrated by: Ian Cameron
Ally Fraser prints a thistle stamp and finds himself in grassland near Largs beach before and during the battle against the Vikings.

Stirling Bridge

Author(s): Ian Cameron
Illustrated by: Ian Cameron
After printing another stamp Ally Fraser is transported to an the army, led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray, and is soon be engaged in a battle.

The Borestone

Author(s): Ian Cameron
Illustrated by: Ian Cameron
The Borestone stamp print takes Ally Fraser to the raising of the Scottish standard and then on to watch the Battle of Bannockburn.