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

Katie Morag, Of Course

Katie Morag, Of Course

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> In Saturday Sweets Katie Morag and Liam can't decide which sweets to give Grannie Island as a present but they do decide that the best way to make up t
Katie Morag and the Birthdays (Story Book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Birthdays (Story Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Katie Morag is desperate for it to be her birthday, but as she soon discovers, there are plenty of other birthdays to be celebrated on Struay both before an
The Big Katie Morag Storybook

The Big Katie Morag Storybook

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Tales of Scottish island life are gathered together in this book with pictures, poems and sea shanties - all designed to keep Katie Morag fans entertained f
Katie Morag's Rainy Day Book

Katie Morag's Rainy Day Book

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Katie Morag, the popular children's character from the Isle of Struay, always seems to find plenty to do, even when the weather's bad.
Katie Morag and the Riddles (Story book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Riddles (Story book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Katie Morag is fed up with helping the little ones at school to thread beads. So she pretends to be unwell and stays at home.
A Walk With Grannie

A Walk With Grannie

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Kirsty and Grannie walk through the countryside, past sheep, ducks and Highland cattle - all the way around the farms and back.
Katie Morag and the New Pier (Sory Book and CD)

Katie Morag and the New Pier (Sory Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> One of a series of picture books featuring the ever-resourceful Katie Morag and her family and friends on the Isle of Struay.
Peedie Peebles Colour Book

Peedie Peebles Colour Book

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> The Peebles family have moved house. There's a lot to be done, including giving the place a fresh coat of paint.
Carpenter MacPheigh: A Folk Tale From Scotland

Carpenter MacPheigh: A Folk Tale From Scotland

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Carpenter MacPheigh is the best carpenter around for many miles.
Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins (story book and cd)

Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins (story book and cd)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> The islanders are dismayed when the badly-behaved Big Boy Cousins come to stay, but Katie Morag thinks they are wonderful.

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