J A Henderson
J.A. Henderson (Jan-Andrew Henderson) lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two children and 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.
His last three YA novels were short listed for thirteen literary awards and he is the winner of The Royal Mail Award and the Doncaster Book Prize.
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 authorBlack Hart Entertainment | Website | Facebook | City 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’
"Christmas Day in the Morning". Contributed to Ah Dinnae Ken story compilation. Merchiston Publishing 2014
Father Figure. Adult horror novel available exclusively as an e-book on cityofthedeadtours.com 2012
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.