Author details

Jan-Andrew (J A ) Henderson


J.A. Henderson (Jan-Andrew Henderson) divides his time between Brisbane, Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland. There, he runs ‘City of the Dead’ ghost tours – which requires him to look moody and wear black a lot.

He lived in the USA for several years, where he wrote, acting in and directed plays, he returned to Scotland and began writing non fiction books, children’s novels and young adult thrillers.

He is the author of 22 books and has been published in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Australia and the Czech Republic.

About writer's work

Children’s novels and young adult thrillers. Shortlisted for 13 literary awards and winner of the Doncaster and Royal Mail Awards. Signed to the Anne Clark Literary Agency. Specialises in twists the reader doesn’t see coming, strong female characters and lots of black humour. 

Websites featuring the author

Black Hart EntertainmentWebsiteFacebookCity of the Dead Tours

Current events and projects

Available for readings and residencies for teens.

Sarah Culshaw, Librarian, Elfed High School, Wales - 'J A Henderson visited our school as part of a scheme to enthuse reluctant boy readers in lower school and he certainly did that!  The boys were mesmerised by his stories.

H.  Glenrothes High School - ‘I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed listening to your journey on becoming a writer.  Wow, it was hilarious.  I’m going to sit and come up with a brilliant idea.’

D.  Elfed High School - ‘Really good, interesting and the funniest day of my life!  Your adventures have made me want to be an author!’ 

H. H. Lasswade High School - ‘My friend and I thought we were going to listen to a boring writer that talked for hours in an expressionless voice.  We were wrong.  Your talk was brilliant…. I think you gave us great advice.’

M. Lasswade High School - ‘You single handedly have inspired me in a way I cannot describe

Other work

"Christmas Day in the Morning". Contributed to Ah Dinnae Ken story compilation. Merchiston Publishing 2014

Founder/director of Black Hart Entertainment. Walking tours, corporate and school events and retail.

Television and radio appearances, including Fox Cannel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC Television, Scottish Television, ITV, Living TV, Canadian, Polish, French and Japanese National Television, BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Forth, BBC Radio 1, and BBC Radio 4.

Historical lectures. Literary and storytelling workshops.

Directing, acting, set design, lighting, construction and scene painting. Co-wrote and ran weekly cabaret and conducted storytelling, writing and drama workshops. Witherbee Children’s Theatre, New York 1989-1994.

Contact details

Phone: 07715422750


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




Books written

The Royal Mile: A Comprehensive Guide

The ultimate guide to Edinburgh’s most famous street.

Henry V

A retelling of Shakespeare’s classic for children.

Time Runs Out

Team X find themselves try to prevent a meteor hitting earth by travelling into the past.

Black Markers

A history of Edinburgh’s graveyards.

The Beasts of Blackwater

Team X find themselves trapped in an ancient infirmary with a very unsavoury doctor.

The 9th Battalion

Team X find themselves battling a legion of robotic knights.


Swing long enough and the world changes forever. Published by OUP.

Storm Chasers

In Storm Chasers storms are disappearing all over the world and Team X are sent to investigate.

Time Trip

When top-secret plans go missing in Time Trip, it's down to Cat to save the day but little does she know how her actions could change the course of history. Published by OUP.

The Fear Machine

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school.