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ABOUT Me

Hi

Thanks for dropping by and wanting to know a bit more about me.

I have worked with children, Scottish Gaelic, and music in one form or another for most of my adult life. Making up stories and songs about toast popping, hand washing, and anything else that happens during the day is quite normal for me. I loved my job as a Gaelic Development Officer, which at one time covered an area larger than Belgium. I was paid to drive what is now a large part of the North Coast 500 to visit various communities around the Highlands. Yes, it was amazing, and long, long hours.

 

The fictional village of Blàs developed over many years inspired by my involvement with so many highland communities, to say nothing of actually living in one! I loved the characters so much in Blàs of the Highlands that I wanted to write more about them. Hence, Blàs, Roots in the Soil, and Blàs Across the Machair. Apart from working on my next English and Gàidhlig books; I take part in author visits, storytelling, various workshops, and monthly Bookbugs. I am registered with the Scottish  Book Trust Live Literacy Programme for workshops, school visits, and book festivals. I am also the secretary for the Society of Authors in Scotland.

 

My proudest writer's moments switched from readers telling me how much they love my stories to when Grumpa agus an Latha Fuaimneach, won Leabhar Na Bliadhna (clann)/Young Gaelic Children's Book of the Year 2019 at the Royal National Mod in Glasgow, to being shortlisted in The Gaelic Literacy Awards in 2020.

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