It’s been a fun summer…and there’s more to come in autumn!

Busy times before summer with schools (in Stirlingshire, Scottish Borders and Aberdeen) and Book Festivals (Dumfries, Stirling, Linlithgow, Borders and Glasgow West End).

The Museum Mystery Squad series is providing plenty of puzzles to solve. There are now three cases; the Moving Mammoth, the Hidden Hieroglyphics and the Curious Coins. Other mysteries are already in the pipeline…you never know what’s going to happen next from stuffed eagles, to chess pieces, gladiator helmets and spacesuits….everything has its own secret….

Recently I’ve also been working on some much shorter mysteries….5 minute ones…to be broadcast soon on BBC Schools Radio.

I’m sad to have now finished working in Cumbernauld with Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! Programme. Writing stories with Kildrum, Carbrain, St Margaret of Scotland and St Mary’s Primary Schools was great fun.  You can read more about this work here


My latest picture book  ‘The Giant Who Snored’ made its first appearance at Borders Book Festival and was launched in Newhaven at a fun family event. It’s a noisy book about being asleep! Who can possibly  wake this big guy from his slumbers!

Festivals have been filling the diary; Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Blairgowrie and Wigtown to name a few. Great to be able to share Museum Mysteries and to try and wake up a giant in all these lovely places.

In consultancy work I’ve been working on some evaluations of services, following last year’s larger scale evaluation with LGBT Age, as well as supporting some small chairities in researching funders and writing fundraising proposals.