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Barbara Henderson is an award-winning author of Scottish historical and eco-fiction for children, and of the memoir Scottish by Inclination. Her children's novels Fir for Luck (Highland Clearances), Punch (Victorian Scotland), Wilderness Wars (eco-thriller). Black Water (smuggling novella featuring Robert Burns), The Siege of Caerlaverock (castles, Scottish Wars of Independence), The Chessmen Thief (Vikings, Lewis Chessmen) and The Reluctant Rebel (Jacobites) are already widely used in Scottish schools. The Siege of the Caerlaverock won a Young Quills Award from the Historical Association.
Barbara is a qualified English and Drama teacher with extensive experience from P3-S6 and loves to deliver lively and interactive school visits to schools all over Scotland. She offers specific author events and drama workshops for each of her books, but is also happy to focus on creative writing, puppetry or using historical research in stories. Most of her work is with upper primary or secondary schools.
"For 'This is how much I enjoyed the visit' you got 5 stars from everyone. Thanks again. All said 'It was fun and I really enjoyed it'" - Maria Finnegan, Pairc School
"All in all, a fantastic experience for us as a whole school. We were all engaged and inspired. Her energy, helpfulness and flexibility was so evident. Lots of pupils reflected on becoming an author when they were older. Who knows what the impact of today might bring in the future!" - Muriel Murray, Lochardil Primary School
Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian
Events can deliver
Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Outdoor learning; Reluctant readers; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)
Topics of work
Activism & protest; Adventure; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; Friendship; Historical fiction; History; Island communities; Nature; Publishing & getting published