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Since winning the Kelpies Prize in 2014 for my debut novel The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean, I have been busy writing both contemporary and historical fiction for children aged 8-12. Guardians of the Wild Unicorns is a unicorn story with a difference, in which two friends have to save the last of Scotland's wild unicorns from extinction. The Titanic Detective Agency is a Titanic-set mystery with a Scottish twist, and A Pattern of Secrets is a Victorian adventure set in Paisley.
As an ex-primary teacher I am confident about working with primary-aged children and am happy to do author visits to schools with the aim of inspiring pupils to read for pleasure and to write their own stories. I can do assemblies for P4-7 pupils and creative writing workshops for individual classes based around any one of my novels, all of which have accompanying resource packs for primary teachers.
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
Reading; Talk; Workshop
Audience can work with
Reluctant readers; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)