Author details

James Robertson

Biography

I am a poet, novelist, short story writer and editor, writing in English and Scots. I was born in Kent in 1958, but grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire from the age of six. I studied history at Edinburgh University, and worked in various jobs, including bookselling, before becoming a full-time writer. My first book, a collection of short stories, was published in 1991, and since then I have published more than twenty books, for both adults and children. From 1993 to 1995 I was writer-in-residence at Brownsbank Cottage, the former home of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, near Biggar in Lanarkshire. I am a founder, editor and a contributing author to the Scots language children’s imprint Itchy Coo. I set up the pamphlet-publishing imprint Kettillonia in 1999 but spend most of my time now working on adult fiction and books for bairns in Scots.

About writer's work

I am interested in history, politics and international affairs, Scottish literature, language and culture, and all these themes appear in my work for adults. Scots language and plenty of humour are important in the books I write or edit for children. My novel Joseph Knight won both the Saltire Book of the Year and Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards in 2003/04, and The Testament of Gideon Mack was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and various other awards. It also featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club. I was awarded a Creative Scotland Award in 2006 to work on a novel about Scotland from 1945 to the present.

Websites featuring the author

www.scotgeog.com

Current events and projects

I am happy to consider most types of events, including readings, talks, lectures, workshops, classroom activities etc, and can work with audiences of all age groups.

Email

james@kettillonia.co.uk

Local authority where they are based

Angus

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, 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

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Poet, Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

Book Cover

The Book of the Howlat (English version)

Illustrated by: Kate Leiper
[Illustrated by Kate Leiper; written by James Robertson.] Believing himself to be ugly, a young owl (howlat) decides to speak to the most handsome bird of all, the peacock, and ask his help so that Na
Robert the Bruce cover

Robert The Bruce, King of Scots

Illustrated by: Jill Calder
In this exciting and visually stunning book, the most talented Scottish novelist of his generation teams up with Jill Calder, whose bold and colourful illustrations are a perfect complement to one of

Robert the Bruce: King of Scots

Author(s): James Robertson
In this exciting and visually stunning book, the most talented Scottish novelist of his generation teams up with Jill Calder, whose bold and colourful illustrations are a perfect complement to one of
Katie's Party

Katie's Party

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
<p><span>&nbsp;Katie's Pairty is the seventh in the bestselling Katie series of board books from Itchy Coo and Black &amp; White Publishing.
Katie's Zoo: A Day Oot for Wee Folk

Katie's Zoo: A Day Oot for Wee Folk

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Illustrated by Karen Sutherland <P> Katie spends a day at the zoo, meeting some of the bonnie, braw animals and birds that stay there, among them the tiger 'in his strippit coat', th
And the Land Lay Still

And the Land Lay Still

Author(s): James Robertson
Michael Pendreich is curating an exhibition of photographs by his late, celebrated father Angus for the National Gallery of Photography in Edinburgh.
Katie's Year: Aw the Months for Wee Folk

Katie's Year: Aw the Months for Wee Folk

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Katie makes her way through the months of the year, experiencing the changing seasons and some of the key events of the calendar - from wind and snow to rain and sunshine, from spring days with new la
Winnie-the-Pooh in Scots (Translated)

Winnie-the-Pooh in Scots (Translated)

Author(s): James Robertson
<p> <strong>Yin day, when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and Wee Grumphie were aw haein a crack thegither, Christopher Robin said lichtsomely: ‘I saw a Huffalamp the-day, Wee Grump
The Sleekit Mr Tod (Translated)

The Sleekit Mr Tod (Translated)

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
<p> Following the bestselling 'The Eejits' ('The Twits') and 'Geordie's Mingin Medicine', here is another Roald Dahl story translated into Scots.

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