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Gillian Spiller

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: South Ayrshire
Languages: English
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I’m Gillian Spiller and I’m a picture book author and poet. I have three picture books available currently - The Blue Sock (2019), On The Shelf (2021) and A Shell for Cleo (2022) (illustrated by John Lim, published by Marshall Cavendish) – as well as The Christmas Sock (2020), published as part of a charity Christmas anthology, and a personalised book, Star Sailor (2020, Marshall Cavendish). All are suitable for three to eight years old, and they highlight themes such as inclusion, belonging, empathy, sharing, making space, parent-child relationships, recycling and the ocean environment. My children’s poetry can be found on The Dirigible Balloon website and the British Council’s Learn English Kids website. As a former early years and primary teacher, I have design and deliver interactive and prop-filled picture book reading sessions with plenty of opportunities for the children to be involved at every stage, and to participate in craft activities. I am also well-equipped to deliver engaging poetry sessions for all primary levels. Please do contact me if any of the above is of interest.

Local authorities will visit

Edinburgh City; Glasgow City; North Ayrshire; South Ayrshire

Events will deliver

Reading; Workshop

Audience will work with

English as an additional language (EAL)

Topics of work

Adventure; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Family; Friendship; Picture books; Rhyming books for younger readers; Seasonal books

Age groups published for


Age groups will work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100