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Over a long career I have published approximately 200 books for children. To tell the truth I stopped counting my books some time ago…
My books include poetry, picture books, fiction and some non-fiction too. My non-fiction books about Walter Tull, first black British officer in World War One – and professional footballer to boot - appeal to the widest age range and engage even the most reluctant readers. They topped the chart for the most borrowed book at Perth Prison.
I have made countless author visits to schools and also taken part in events including conferences for teachers and trainee teachers. I cater for the entire primary school age group (including nursery) but am experienced with older age groups too.
I am very happy to give talks, performances or run writing workshops.
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
Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk
Audience can work with
Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18)
Topics of work
Adventure; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Rhyming books for younger readers; World War 1