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Steven Tod

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Contact: sjrtod@gmail.com
Local authority: Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
Languages: English
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I have written and illustrated a picture book for early readers called An Island Tail, aimed at Primary 2 and 3 classes. The story is set on the Isle of Lewis and features a cat, a young boy and a big sheep dog. It is about friendship and belonging. The full colour pictures are filled with many of the elements that make the Outer Hebrides unique and fascinating: the dry stone walls, peat cutting, sheep, the moor, Harris Tweed, the rivers, the old stone built houses, the Massey Ferguson tractors and the rickety old gates. The islands are a living museum and I have covered some of the traditional customs that still take place in the book.


I have 16 years teaching experience in England and Scotland. I have taught art to both primary and secondary classes. I have retired from teaching full time and now at 60 I am starting a new career as an author/illustrator. In March 2019 I signed with Cranachan Publishing and An Island Tail will be launched in November. It is the first of a series of four.

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


Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Childhood; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; History; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with


Audience size

0-10; 11-30