Author details

Mairi Hedderwick

Biography

Please note that Mairi is not currently available for events. 

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Hedderwick was a teacher before she started illustrating children’s books. As an author and illustrator her most popular character, Katie Morag, was created in 1984. Katie Morag’s home on the fictional Hebridean island of Struay is not a million sea miles away from her author’s life long association with the Isle of Coll.

In 2013 Katie Morag joined Cbeebies with the successful TV series produced by Move On Up .

Mairi Hedderwick has also written and illustrated many other books for children and adults, all with the backdrop of the Highlands and Islands. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Stirling University in 2003 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to writing and illustration in Scotland, especially for children.

Her illustrated adult books are An Eye on the Hebrides, which is a record of a six month continous journey through the islands on the west of Scotland. Highland Journey follows the footsteps of Victorian writer and artist John T Reid; Sea Change logs the passage of 26ft vintage yacht Anassa from east to west coast Scotland via the Caledonian canal; Shetland Rambles, her latest illustrated personal journey is in tandem with John T Reid once more. The Last Laird of Coll is a memoir of Kenneth Stewart, last laird of Coll.

 

Websites featuring the author

www.madaboutbooks.com

Current events and projects

Katie Morag storytelling/slides/powerpoint, how a Picture Storybook is created; roughs proofs etc. All adapted to range and ability of Primary children. Mairi prefers working with older children helping them create their own stories.

Availability

Mairi can only manage a limited number of engagements and needs bookings to be made a year in advance by letter, similarly for adult events.

Local authority where they are based

Highland

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

Age groups

5-8, 9-12

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Illustrator, Writer

Language

English

Books written

The Katie Morag Treasury

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Join Katie Morag McColl and her family on the Isle of Struay in this beautiful gift collection of classic stories. There are many adventures to be had on the Isle of Struay.

The Bad Trousers

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick.
Kate Morag and the Wedding (Story Book and CD)

Kate Morag and the Wedding (Story Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
One of a series of picture books featuring the ever-resourceful Katie Morag and her family and friends on the Isle of Struay.
Katie Morag's Island Stories: Four stories in one book!

Katie Morag's Island Stories: Four stories in one book!

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Whether she's posting parcels to the wrong addresses, helping Grannie Island with a winning sheep, having problems with a troublesome ted or dealing with her naughty big boy cousins, Katie Morag
Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers (Paperback)

Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers (Paperback)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Grannie Island doesn't think much of Granma Mainland's fancy ways, but when a prize sheep gets stuck in Boggy Loch on Show Day, it's up to the ever-resourceful Katie Morag to save the d
Katie Morag and the Grand Concert (Story Book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Grand Concert (Story Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <p> Every year on the Isle of Struay, there is a grand concert, where the islanders play fiddles, recite poetry, and sing and dance in front of their friends an
Katie Morag and the Dancing Class (Story Book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Dancing Class (Story Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> The two Grandmothers have decided that Katie Morag is to take ballet classes.
The Utterly Otterleys

The Utterly Otterleys

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Brand-new characters from the creator of Katie Morag! Meet the otter family and join in their search for the perfect new home.
The Second Katie Morag Storybook

The Second Katie Morag Storybook

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Another collection of stories, poems and things to do featuring everyone's favourite little girl from the Isle of Struay, Katie Morag McColl.
More Katie Morag Island Stories

More Katie Morag Island Stories

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Marir Hedderwick <P> Katie Morag is back!

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