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Key children's authors available for events in 2016.


  • Childrens Author Availability Brochure


    Jan RutherfordPublicity and Marketing Director

    Birlinn Ltd 10 Newington Road

    West Newington House Edinburgh EH9 1QS

    Tel: 0131 337 9724

    Mob: 077 1047 4308 E:mail: jan.ppw@janrutherford.co.uk

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    Anna MarshallEvents Manager

    Birlinn Ltd 10 Newington Road

    West Newington House Edinburgh EH9 1QS

    Tel: 0131 337 9724

    Mob: 078 3577 3083 E:mail: anna@birlinn.co.uk

    BC Books

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    KEY TITLES 2016Iain McIntosh

    Alexander McCall SmithBenedict Blathwyat

    Tim ArchboldDebi Gliori

    Scoular AndersonAllan Burnett

    James RobertsonKate Leiper

    GEMS OF 2015Ron Butlin & Jim Hutcheson

    Tom PowStephen White & Fin Cramb

    Joan LennonJoe Friedman






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    IAIN MCINTOSHIain McIntoshs publishing work includes illustrations, book jacket designs, newspaper and online illustrated daily novels the 44 Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansions series - for best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith.

    Iain uses both traditional and digital techniques. His work has appeared in award-winning packaging, advertising, design, direct marketing and digital publishing. Newspaper and editorial work includes illustrations for The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Times Educational Supplement, Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest, The Sunday Express Magazine and mastheads for several newspapers.

    Iain lives in central Edinburgh, two minutes walk from 44 Scotland Street.

    Illustrator based:Edinburgh

    Willing to travel: UK and beyond.

    Happy to do: Bookstore and external events, schools and libraries, festivals

    large and smallLive Literature Funded: No

    Meet the Illustrator

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    Author based: Edinburgh

    Willing to travel: Anywhere in the world

    Happy to do:In-discussion or solo events;

    festivals large and small.2016 limited availability

    Live Literature Funded: Yes

    www.alexandermccallsmith.com@McCall Smith


    June 2016: The Sands of Shark Island (School Ship Tobermory Series Vol. 2)October 2015: School Ship Tobermory (School Ship Tobermory Series Vol. 1)

    Also available: Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (pbk); Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion (pbk); Precious and the Monkeys (pbk)

    An hour in the company of Alexander McCall Smith is an hour of sheer delight!

    Who is Alexander McCall Smith?Alexander McCall Smith is one of the worlds most prolific and best-loved authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which has sold over 20 million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over 45 languages and become bestsellers across the world.

    About School Ship Tobermory (9-12 years): Follow the exploits of the children who go to a most unusual school the sail-powered training ship Tobermory. When a film crew arrives in Tobermory Bay, Ben and Fee are invited to be extras. But their suspicions are soon aroused is the film crew genuine, or are they up to something sinister? Ben and Fee soon discover the truth when they uncover a dastardly plan masterminded by a South American businessman.

    About The Sands of Shark Island (9-12 years):After successfully thwarting a dastardly plan to steal rare marine animals from the sea around the Scottish island of Mull, Ben and Fee MacTavish feel they can relax and con-tinue learning all about nautical life on board School Ship Tobermory. But its not long before their everyday routine is interrupted by an extraordinary event. Ben, Fee, their fellow students and the crew of the Tobermory find themselvesembroiled in another adventure that leads them thousands of miles from Mull to a small island in the Caribbean, where they learn extraordinary details about Captain Macbeths past and come face to face with modern-day pirates.

    Praise for Alexander McCall Smith:

    Perfect escapist fiction The Times

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    June 2016: Ferry May 2016: Bears AdventureAlso available: Tig and Tag,The Little House by the Sea

    Who is Benedict Blathwyat?Benedict Blathwayt started as a painter working from his own studio at the age of seventeen, and held a number of successful exhibitions. Since then he has worked in the Hebrides as a dairyman (which accounts for the Scottish scenery in Little House by the Sea) and in Wales as a wildlife artist for Nature Conservancy. Now living in Somerset, he is the well known writer and llustrator of over thirty childrens books, and author of the best-selling Little Red Train series and Dinosaur Chase and Dinosaur Disaster! Married to an artist, Ben Blathwayt lives in Somerset on the edge of Exmoor and has two sons.

    About Ferry (0-5 years):

    Find out what happens when Captain Kit welcomes his passengers aboard his ferry in this charming board book.Benedict Blathwayts award-winning illustrations are full of detail which are guaranteed to stimulate the interest of very young children (ages 0-5 years) and help develop their powers of observation. About Bears Adventure (5-7 years):Bear is one of the family. He goes everywhere with his young companions. Then one day, somehow, Bear is left behind at the seaside. As the sun goes down, the tide comes in, and Bear begins his great adventure. Find out how he gets home in this delightful story written and illustrated by one of Britains favouite childrens authors.

    Praise for Benedict Blathwyat: These books are so much more than your usual picture book - Mumsnet.com

    I loved this book. Mummy renewed it a few times for me from the library. I knew all the story and would try to tell it to others - Malachi (2 years 2 months), Goodreads.com

    Author based:Somerset

    Willing to travel: UK and beyondHappy to do:

    Bookstore and external events, schools and libraries, festivals large and small

    Recent events:Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Live Literature Funded: No

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    June 2016: Clarty Jim McCloud Tappety Tam Fairley

    Who is Tim Archbold?Tim wrote and illustrated his first childrens book in 1988 and he hasnt looked back since! Picture books, young fiction, non-fiction, illustrations for magazines, posters, graphic design for exhibition and display; Tim usually works in pen and brush with ink and his style is spontaneous, quirky and usually humorous. He particularly enjoys writing and illustrating funny stories for children.

    Tim Archbolds work will be instantly recognisable to millions of parents and children because of his work on the Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading series, used in schools throughout the UK.

    About Clarty Jim McCloud (5-7 years):

    Every day Clarty Jim McClouds granny makes him sandwiches. But not ordinary sandwiches; these sandwiches are so truly terrible that every day Clarty Jim feeds them to a hungry catfish on the way to school.One day Jim gets a job at Shove & Bargeworth Ironwork Company and no longer passes the river where his fishy friend lives, so the catfish gets hungry and searches for other things to eat. Find out what happens when he swims up river and arrives at the Shove & Bargeforth Great and Grand Garden Party. There are lots of tasty cakes to eat, but what attracts his attention is something altogether different . . . WillLady Margery Bargeforths baby really be eaten by a catfish? Will Clarty Jim save the day? About Tappety Tam Fairley (5-7 years):Tappety Tam Fairley is the odd-job man in High Hope village, where he keeps everything neat and tidy. So much so, in fact, that High Hope wins the Best Kept Village competition every year much to the annoyance of the inhabitants of Low Hope Village, who have never wonanything at all.As the annual competition draws near again, the High Hope village committee meets to give Tam his list of odd jobs to spruce up the place and ensure that High Hope wins the award yet again. But who is the mysterious Mr Tallboy who also attends, and why does he want to change the items on Tams list? Should the street really be filled with elephants, and the pond filled with fresh custard?

    Praise for Tim Archbold:Plenty to pour over and chuckle at - Lovereading4kids.co.uk

    Different to any other book weve read before - Amazon.co.uk review

    Author based:Scottish Borders

    Willing to travel: UK and beyondHappy to do:

    Bookstore and external events, schools and libraries, fest


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