Author details

Douglas Bruton


Douglas Bruton is a teacher of English, but once he was just a father and he wrote stories for his three boys. The Chess Piece Magician, his first published children’s novel, was one of these stories. Now he is back to being a teacher again and his boys are all grown. Douglas continues to write stories, mostly because he can, but also because he has to. He has enjoyed a great deal of success in adult writing competitions recently and is hard at work on another novel for boys and girls.

About writer's work

I love books. The first that I remember reading is Stig of the Dump. I love that in books magic can happen and the reader believes it. In The Chess Piece Magician I use this magic to create a world that has its feet in history but is more magical than real.

I am currently working on a novel for children that has a girl as the principal character. There are lots of dead bees in the story and a blind man who is sick and a girl called Moira who can see into the future… a little way into the future, at least, and who must make things good in the world again. It is also about litter – I hate litter and this book is about cleaning things up a bit.

Current events and projects

I am able to do readings. I am also available to do workshops for children and or adults. I have successfully run a full day creative writing writers’ workshop for adults. I run workshops in my school to help promote creative writing in junior secondary children and have this year been encouraged by the success of one of my students in The Pushkin Prize. I am a storyteller and a storywriter. I am a good motivator for children and have had very positive results. I was Forth One’s Teacher of the Year in 2005, which has something to do with the impact I have on my pupils.


Local authority where they are based

Scottish Borders

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, Teens, Adults

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The Chess Piece Magician

Author(s): Douglas Bruton
When Corrie's family returns to Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis for yet another miserable summer holiday, he has no idea of the incredible adventure that lies ahead.