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I write books for all ages, for young children to teenage and adults. I have also written a book on writing - Writing for Children - for both aspiring and newly published authors.

While I spend quite a lot of time visiting libraries, schools and festivals talking about my books and running creative writing workshops, I do manage to find time to write, too!

Latest News:

1 World Book Day…Week!

Hamish in Fife 4 march 14I started my World Book Day week 2014 on Tuesday 4th March. I was in the kingdom of Fife telling Hamish McHaggis stories at the Lomond Hill Hotel in Freuchie where several primary school, including Freuchie Primary (just  across the road) came to meet Hamish for the morning.

I spent the afternoon in Fife, too and I am looking forward to going back there next week. More about that soon but I do think that the Fifers love Hamish!

with hamish in fife 4 march






2014- It’s been a great year- so far!

20140204_093446At the end of January We set off for a bit of a holiday.  2013 had been a very busy year and I was looking forward to a break. We started our trip in Adelaide, South Australia,


and then went to New Zealand.





I am going to blog a bit about our trip on my blog BOOKWORDS  in the next few days so you can find out more about it there.


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When I came back I was straight back to work with my second visit to the lovely ‘Writing Mums’ a creative writing group of mothers, and some grandmothers, in Dunbar, East Lothian. I had left them with a writing exercise to try and the work produced by the group has been quite outstanding.I am really enjoying working with them.

They are working towards an event where they can read some of their work at CoastWord a new Dunbar festival of words in June 2014. 



Hamish McHaggis Competition Winner

We had a lovely morning on 1st December in Looking Glass Books in Edinburgh, when Sally J Collins and I told Hamish McHaggis stories and drew the winners of the ‘Where would you take your Hamish?’ competition, with the help of our young audience.

looking glass books event

And, of course Hamish came along too!  Here he is with a wee Hamish, and Sally!

sally with Hamish



Lauren Peattie was the lucky winner of the Hamish competition. Her picture was drawn from all the many entries.

Pictured here with Fiona from Longniddry Library, receiving her prize of a cuddly Hamish, a signed book (she chose Hamish McHaggis and the Search fro the Lost Prince)  and other Hamish goodies.

Well done, Lauren!



Miriam Jeavons, from Newington Library in Edinburgh, took Hamish to Fairyland and was runner up winning the Hamish McHaggis Activity and Story Book.

Here are some of the Hamish McHaggis entries…

From Prestonpans Library

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From Longniddry Library



And from Gullane Library