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 and the Two Grandmothers (Story Book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers (Story Book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> Grannie Island and Granma Mainland are like chalk and cheese - but ever resourceful Katie Morag finds an un-ewe-sual way of helping them to understand each
Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted (story book and CD)

Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted (story book and CD)

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderick <P> Katie Morag's nose has been put out of joint by the arrival of a new baby sister, and in a temper she throws her own teddy into the sea.
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.
Peedie Peebles' Summer or Winter Book

Peedie Peebles' Summer or Winter Book

Author(s): Mairi Hedderwick
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick <P> This book plots Peedie Peebles' noisy progress through the day, from the moment he wakes up until he falls asleep at night.

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