Author details

Tony Bonning


I was born into a farming family in the ancient realm of Carrick and raised on a diet of songs and storytelling. My happiest times were working on the farms or rambling the Galloway Hills and I hope my books reflect this love of the natural world and the earthy language of the South West. Although Robert Burns, a fellow Ayrshire farming lad, was an early hero, I always imagined that writers were somewhere up there with the angels. Can you imagine the surprise when a publisher said “yes” to a manuscript? Although I write every day I am not a prolific author. My main concern—obsession, if you like—is to get out to children in schools and, hopefully, inspire them through music, creative writing and storytelling into not wasting their young years, as I often did. Oh yes! and to show that the writers, pop stars, scientists, etc of the future are not angels and can be them.

Current events and projects

Interactive songs, rhymes, reading and storytelling from nursery through all stages of primary education. Music, poetry, readings and storytelling for senior pupils and adult audiences. Lecturing and storytelling on and from world myth, legend and folklore.


Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

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, Other1, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 9-12, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Storyteller, Writer


English, Scots

Books written

Young Shakespeare

Author(s): Tony Bonning
Ilustrated by Gillian Alexander What was life like for William Shakespeare when he was a boy?

Young Burns

Author(s): Tony Bonning
A funny and entertaining look into the young life of Robert Burns, with jokes and fascinating facts to keep you enthralled.

Another Fine Mess

Author(s): Tony Bonning
Uncle Ferdinand is coming to stay and Fox must tidy his house. But what will he do with all the rubbish? Put it down a hole?

Stone Soup

Author(s): Tony Bonning
Weary from travelling, Fox stops at the farm gate, and asks the animals if they have any food to spare.

Snog the Frog

Author(s): Tony Bonning
Snog the frog lives in a grand, majestic castle. It's Valentine's Day, and in order to be a prince, Snog needs a kiss. But no one will do the honours.