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Laura Jackson

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Renfrewshire
Languages: English
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The Badger series of books subtly addresses, with humour, issues such as bullying, disability and prejudice. Friendship and self-belief is at the core of all the books.

"Pitch perfect subtlety and wit" - Shari Low

"A fun, fast-paced romp of a read for younger readersterrific stuff!" - Cathy Cassidy

McNicol and Jackson are available for one hour sessions with P1-4. This includes a 20 minute reading, music and performance including live magic and giant maraccas from their costume character, Badger the Mystical Mutt, and a Q&A session. Reluctant readers particularly seem to engage with Badger live and in the fur.

Badger works best with large audiences, up to 300+, in a hall with a projector and screen (for powerpoint presentation of illustrations). He can work equally well with audiences of 50, as long as he has plenty of room to manoeuvre and perform his magic tricks. Publisher of the Badger books, The Lunicorn Press, was recently a shortlisted Regional Finalist in the Small Press of the Year category for the British Book Awards 2019. (Photo credit: Alan Peebles)

Local authorities can visit

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

Performance; Reading; Residency; Workshop

Audience can work with

Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Mystery & thriller

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Age groups can work with


Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+