Author details

Joan Lennon

Biography

I live and write in the Kingdom of Fife, overlooking the silvery River Tay, with a view of trees and grey slate roofs and a skyscape it would be hard to better.  Also resident in the flat are an unruly crowd of characters, including a Victorian detective girl, a miner boy from an alien planet, a ferret princess, a medieval orphan, a talking gargoyle, a short Viking and the occasional flying horse.  I enjoy their company and do my very best to keep up with their stories.

About writer's work

I write historical adventures for 8-12s, fantasy and science fiction for older readers, silly stories for younger audiences, and gripping tales for less confident readers.  I've appeared in festivals, libraries and schools from Shetland to London, lugging a suitcase full of ferrets, medieval costumes, mysterious artefacts, an enormous enthusiasm for reading and writing and books, and a toothbrush. My creative writing workshops for children, young people and adults cover poetry or prose and can be tailored to address topics such as spine-chilling baddies, strange houses, ruins on Mars, just what you might do if only you had a flying horse, and many more.  

Websites featuring the author

Website Silver SkinSlightly Jones Blog Facebook Queensferry Book AlertAwfully Big Blog AdvenureGirls Heart BooksThe History Girls Blog

Current events and projects

I am currently offering four author events for primary schools:

     1.  For 6 - 8 year-olds - Tales from the Turrets - including a suitcase of ferrets and what flying horses are best at.

     2.  For 7 - 10 year-olds - The Leif Frond Adventures - introducing a small Viking hero-in-the-making and his misadventures.

     3.  For 8 - 11 year-olds - The Slightly Jones Mysteries - Victorian adventures and intriguing detective work.

     4.  For 8 - 11 year-olds - The Wickit Chronicles - with medieval costumes and squishy and revolting facts.

Teachers’ notes are available, including ideas for writing exercises based on the stories, and ways to bring the different worlds of the books to life in the classroom. There are special websites for The Slightly Jones Mysteries (www.slightlyjones.co.uk) and The Wickit Chronicles (accessed through My Books on www.joanlennon.co.uk).

I am currently offering two author events for secondary schools:

     1.  For age 12+ - Silver Skin - this talk looks at the inspiration for the novel and shares writing tips, as well as some behind-the-scenes insight into cover art. Silver Skin was shortlisted for the 2017 Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

     2.  For age 12+ - Walking Mountain - Joan talks about how she went about inventing a strange future world that is fantastic and familiar at the same time, where ideas come from, and how publishers get us interested in books.

Teachers notes are available, with a range of multi-discipline curriculum activities based on each of these novels.

Creative writing workshops for children, young people or adults are also on offer, based on my novels or built around character, setting, getting inspired - or something individually tailored. These workshops can focus on writing fiction or poetry.

Other work

I love working collaboratively and have taken part in various projects, including 26 Treasures (with the National Museum of Scotland), 26 Atlantic Crossings (with Canadian artists), the Farlin Project (with artists from Shetland) and my poetry pamphlet Her Lines, My Lines with the artist Kyla Tomlinson. I'm a Patron of Reading for Queensferry Primary School, and have been the writer-in-residence for East Perthshire and the BOOKMARK Book Festival, a multi-discipline resident at Hospitalfield House Art Centre, an Arvon tutor, and a Jessie Kesson Fellow at Moniack Mhor.

Associated media and resources

Contact details

Email via agent: lindsey.fraser@tiscali.co.uk

Local authority where they are based

Fife

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

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Poet, Writer

Language

English

Books written

Walking Mountain

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Set in a future world in which greed, corruption, hypocrisy and blind ignorance threaten the very fabric of the planet, Joan Lennon’s novel has all the qualities of a classic quest.

Silver Skin

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Sci-fi meets prehistory in this story of a time traveller from the far future who accidentally ends up in ancient Scotland. Inspired by the Stone Age village of Skara Brae in Orkney.

A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case of the Hidden City

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Maria kidnapped. Dare tell no one. Ransom demand signed Hidden City. Afraid. Paris in the springtime the City of Art and Artists at its loveliest!

Leif Frond and Quickfingers

Author(s): Joan Lennon
A wandering pedlar turns up in Leif's village, much to the delight of the Vikings of Frondfell. Only Leif suspects there's something not quite right about the small, wrinkly old man.

Leif Frond and the Viking Games

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Leif wants to be a hero, but as the youngest and smallest member of his huge Viking family, he's never had the chance to shine. Can he finally become a champion at the Midsummer Games?

Tales from the Turrets (Tales from the Keep)

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Travel to a world where princesses prefer ferrets to fancy dresses, old dogs are wiser than their young master, and stable boys save the day!

Planet Hell (Wired Up)

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Sam is one of the Miners who live on Planet Hell, digging ore to power the Earth. It's a nightmarish underground life. Going to the surface means death. Nothing can live there.

A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case of the Cambridge Mummy

Author(s): Joan Lennon
An ancient curse has been let loose in cold wintry Cambridge.

A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

Author(s): Joan Lennon
There’s been a series of mysterious thefts from the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow ...

A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case of the London Dragonfish

Author(s): Joan Lennon
Slightly Jones has red hair, too many freckles and a flyaway temper, but she's not going to let that stop her becoming the next Sherlock Holmes... A precious fossil is about to be presented to

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