Author details

Sarah Forbes Stewart


I was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Stonehaven, though my mum is from beautiful Shetland, a place I don’t get to visit nearly enough. 

I started my career at DC Thomson in Dundee and am still a proud Dundee United fan! I then moved to London to work as a magazine journalist and book editor. I was Fiction Editor at Scholastic Children’s Books and Senior Editor at Floris Books, and have written for Mizz, Bella, The Skinny, The Herald, The List and The Guardian. When I’m not writing, I run Lighthouse Literary ( and love talking to kids and adults alike about reading, writing and the joy of making stuff up.

About writer's work

I’m the author of the Elspeth Hart books for 7-9 year olds: Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs and Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage, published by Stripes. My children’s books are incredibly silly and full of stories about bratty school kids and disgusting dinner ladies.

Websites featuring the author

Scottish Poetry LibraryWaterstone's

Current events and projects

I’m delighted to do readings, Q&As, author talks about my books, and talks about the writing process. I’m also very happy to do creative writing workshops with P3-6, especially sessions on developing characters, thinking up villains and heroes, and making up disgusting recipes together (after all, my books feature an evil dinner lady).

I’m also happy to talk to adults about the process of writing and getting published, based on my experiences as an editor at a large London publishing house.

Other work

As a poet, I have been published in Anon, Mslexia, The Pickled Body and The Scotsman, Best Scottish Poems 2014 and Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry.


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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, Other1, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

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Books written

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Elspeth Hart and the Magnificent Rescue

In the third and final Elspeth Hart novel, Elspeth has escaped the clutches of the dastardly Miss Crabb and her sidekick Gladys Goulash. Now Elspeth's determined to find her parents....

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage

The second Elspeth Hart adventure sees Elspeth and her best friend Rory stow away on a massive cruise ship heading to New York. But their worst enemy, Miss Crabb, isn't far away...

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs is the first adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination.