Our Authors:

Debi Gliori is the award-winning writer and illustrator of over eighty picture books and novels for children of all ages, including the bestselling modern classic No Matter What (Bloomsbury) and the Mr Bear series (Orchard). Her picture book about depression, Night Shift (Templar), was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also author of the Little Owl series of books, illustrated by Alison Brown, for Bloomsbury. Debi lives near Edinburgh and has twice been writer-in-residence in the Shetland Isles. Her favourite colour is blue or, more precisely, four different shades of blue: cerulean blue, cobalt blue, Mediterranean turquoise blue and warm ultramarine blue. She has sold over 600,000 books in the UK alone.
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Alan Windram

I am the author of four children's picture books including the 2019 BookBug Picture Book Prize winning One Button Benny. I am also a publisher and co-founder of indie children's publisher Little Door Books. I write the sort of stories that I loved reading as a young person - fun adventures with the odd twist and moral tale.

My picture book events are highly interactive full of songs, images, stories, audience interaction and participation. There is often some robot dancing too! I have taken my events all over Scotland and Northern England working in schools, libraries and book festivals.

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Theresa Breslin:

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Winner of many literary awards, Theresa Breslin is the critically-acclaimed author of over 50 titles covering every age range, whose books have been adapted for television, stage and radio, and are translated worldwide.

Her work encompasses most genres and formats, from picture books - e.g. the beautifully illustrated Treasury series of Scottish traditional tales, to historical - e.g. Remembrance, a novel of youth in WW1, and modern stories - e.g. Divided City.

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Kate Leiper:

I'm an Edinburgh-based children's book illustrator, fascinated by myths and folklore, inspired by animals and nature, with an eye for intricate and detailed drawing. When not in the studio, I love getting out and about to meet with fellow book readers and budding illustrators of all ages.

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Alan Dapre

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I'm the author of 60 books for children. My stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio & published for use in schools.
A former TV scriptwriter whose work was BAFTA nominated, I now write funny stories for young readers.Reviewers have picked up on the pacy plotting, inventive wordplay & quirky humour in my work. I don't write for boys or girls. I write for all children because stories are for everyone.
My latest series is written with gender equality in mind. It stars Isla and Ross, equally resourceful twins.

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Barbara Henderson:

Barbara Henderson is the author of Scottish historical and eco-fiction for children. Her novels Fir for Luck (Highland Clearances), Punch (Victorian Scotland) and Wilderness Wars (eco-thriller) are already widely used in Scottish schools, and a smuggling novella featuring a real-life incident in the life of Robert Burns is due for publication in October 2019.

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Elizabeth MacKay

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I am the author of the Wee Granny's Magic Bag series of picture books. There are currently three books in the series, suitable for children up to age seven. A typical school/library visit includes reading the story, followed by a selection of activities, depending on which book we're reading - there might be a treasure hunt, or even a ceilidh. One thing's for sure, the sessions are usually pretty lively! But if someone would prefer to sit quietly and colour their own tartan bag, that's fine.

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Angela Proctor: 

I am a children's fairytale author and storyteller whose mission is to involve as many children in reading as I possibly can. I have read at over 180 schools across Scotland. My school sessions involve a variety of activities from creating potions and spells to small workshops where the children are involved in story building, character creation and using different genres. I have also presented in over 40 libraries and been a guest speaker at dozens of festivals including the Wee Write, Imprints and Small Prints Book Festivals.

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I'm a children's author and qualified teacher who grew up in Glasgow hooked on books and adventure! After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, I set out on my own real life adventures, which included teaching Maths and Science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with additional support needs in the UK.

My published novels include The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle (2018 – Floris Books), and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind (2019 – Floris Books) which were based on my experiences of teaching children with diverse backgrounds. These have been shortlisted for a number of awards, as well as winning the 2020/21 Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.

My latest book, Hag Storm (Cranachan Publishing – 2021), is a spooky historical fiction novel based on the life of the young Robert Burns and his encounters with the witches from his poem Tam o’ Shanter. In 2022 I have a teen eco-thriller coming out with Neem Tree Press featuring a diverse cast of characters.

Victoria Williamson:

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Lindsay Littleson:

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.
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Tony van Breugel:

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Jonathan Meres:

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Jonathan Meres is a former merchant seaman, ice cream van driver and Perrier Award-nominated stand-up comedian. As an actor, he’s appeared on TV and in movies. As a writer, he’s written for TV and radio, but is probably best known for being the author of over 30 books for children and in particular his award-winning series, The World Of Norm, which has so far been translated into nearly 20 languages, worldwide and sold almost one million copies, in the UK, alone.  He has also written a series of critically acclaimed books for younger children, published by Barrington Stoke, as well as books published by Harper Collins, Bloomsbury and Macmillan, amongst others. Jonathan's background, in comedy and children’s theatre, ensures that he’s in constant demand at schools, events and book festivals throughout the UK and beyond.

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Stuart Reid:

A full-time children's author since 2012, I have performed in over 2,000 schools, libraries and book festivals around Britain and Ireland, and throughout the world (including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, India and Australia). My book events are designed to engage and inspire children, especially boys and reluctant readers, to love reading. My largest live audience (so far) has been 800 pupils aged between 5-11 years old.

My 7th book was awarded silver medal at the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and my debut novel took Silver Seal at the Forward National Literature Awards.

"Stuart Reid is a force of nature! Engaging, educational and extremely entertaining, Stuart is a master of his craft. We had a wonderful time at the Belfast Book Festival and would welcome him back in a heart beat!" - Keith Acheson, Director, Belfast Book Festival

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Renita Boyle:

Renita Boyle is a "virtuoso of versatility", a tale-telling, tongue-twisting troubadour, poetry pixie, kid lit author and nature-loving life writer. She is storytelling ambassador for Wigtown Festival Company, patron of reading for Saint James Primary in Renfrew and has been Scottish Book Trust reader in residence for DG Libraries.

Her stories are rowdy and reflective, traditional and tall, healing and nurturing. She mentors young TaleTwisters, supports those with additional needs and appeals across generations. Her published works include Strange Visitor, Honk! Honk! Rattle! Rattle!, Time for Bed Bible and Tell it Together (Best Resource - Eden Awards nominee).

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Carol Ann Duffy:

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Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009.

Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools. 


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I was born in North Wales in 1951. While still at school I discovered the work of sci-fi, fantasy author Ray Bradbury and this instilled in me a burning ambition to be an author. My first children's book, Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), was published all around the world and became a five part series. I have gone on to publish many other books for younger readers from middle grade to Y

I also publish novels under the pen name of Danny Weston. There are four titles to choose from The Piper, Mr Sparks, The Haunting of Jessop Rise and Scarecrow. Danny's latest novel, Inchtinn: Island of Shadows will be published by UCLAN publishing in late 2019.

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Chris Vick:

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I write books for teens and young adults, about the sea, danger and magic. I have two books with HarperCollins, Kook and Storms (sold to other countries too!), and a new book – Girl. Boy. Sea. - out with head of Zeus, August 2019. 

As well as writing I do copywriting (web mostly), manuscript editing, author visits, festivals and workshops with writers at all stages of development. I’ve presented at Hay, Penzance, Rimini (Italy) and was writer in residence at Trowbridge Lit fest in 2017.  

 Before becoming a writer I worked full time for Whale and Dolphin Conservation (www.whales.org) (I still work for them part time).   We’re just beginning to understand these incredible animals, right at the time as the destruction of their home – the ocean – is accelerating.  It’s something that drives me.  I’m lucky to work with an inspirational bunch of people and to have seen whales and dolphins all over the world.

As a conservationist and writer, I am proud to be part of the amazing Authors4oceans initiative.




Reading with Dogs


On Saturday 30th November 2013 CCST took part in a reading with dogs events at Larbert Library. The event was to try to encourage young readers who lacked confidence with reading to come along to the library and, instead of reading to a person, read to a dog. The idea was the dog would listen to them and not judge, allowing them to relax and gain confidence in reading out loud.


Therapets Pixie and Abby along with their owner Jim Fleming, Stirlingshire Area Representative Lynsey Thomson and Trustee James Macdonald took part on the day. Four children took part and they were a mixture of new readers and children who found reading more challenging.


Pixie and Abby were the perfect listeners and settled themselves down for a little story time as the children read to them. The biggest impact came with the last child who found reading particularly difficult. Pixie and Abby got comfortable and listened as the child started to read the story with her mum. It was evident that she was struggling with the words but she carried on and as Pixie and Abby settled down, as did she. Her reading became more fluid and she began to string more sentences together. By the end of the session she had read nearly a whole book, something which her mother said she would not normally do. 

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Play Talk Read Bus:

PlayTalkRead is part of the wider range of support provided for parents and families through the Scottish Government's Parent Club.  PlayTalkRead is aimed at promoting positive parenting in order to give children the best start in life and a strong platform for healthy growth, development and attainment. 


Smart Play Network is the delivery partner managing and delivering the PlayTalkRead roadshow.  We visit all 32 Local Authorities throughout the year on our range of bespoke vehicles, Benji (our Double Decker bus), Bertie (our sensory lorry) and Bonnie (our box vehicle with pull out pod and slide).


 We offer drop in sessions for play, story time, singing and messy play and targeted and sensory block bookings.  All our activities are fun, simple and easily replicated at home, all with the aim of encouraging parents and children to enjoy spending time together.