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Archive for May 2010

Harris Tweed

May 29, 2010

It’s a full house. Fiona at the Tarbert Library has, like the pied piper, drawn in children from every school in Harris, and this on a day when Sir Seb Coe is only a few miles away promoting the relevance of the Olympics in the Western Isles. Hosting the biggest sporting event in the world is extraordinary but […]

Port Ness

May 29, 2010

  After a wild drive to Port Ness, on the most northwesterly tip of Lewis, I arrive at the school and settle down in their new Library. The school kids are at the door to greet me and they lead me inside to give my workshop. They are fantastic and soon tell me about the […]

Gugas

May 25, 2010

Leaving the Vale of Leven before the kids are even up, and just as the Magpies were stirring in the monkey puzzle tree, I soon tune out of my normal life and slip into the world of business. It’s a funny world; business, that is. It’s a place where people do the most unexpected and […]

Argie Bargie

May 19, 2010

Argie Bargie Stratford was bathed in sun as we boarded the barge and prepared to feast. Pate, pork and pricey river properties all came and went as we sailed down the Avon through a series of slimy locks that gurgled and bubbled. It was rather decadent but you’re only here once. In the heart of […]

A great time at W H Smith…

May 13, 2010

Sam Wilding wooed children from Banchory in a W H Smith writing workshop, where the kids got to design their own monsters and run with their imagination…. It was great to see such a proactive store. The children had a fantastic time and showed off their own talents for writing and creating characters. Sam went on to […]

Ted MaKenna and Wee Joe

May 9, 2010

Ted McKenna – legendary drummer of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Michael Schenker Group and Rory Gallacher,to name a few, and, Wee Joe – The 6 years ago, main inspiration for Wee Joe in the Denthan Series. Ted and Joe are now a little older but both made a huge mark on my creative […]

Great Work at Auchinairn School

May 5, 2010

What a great school! Auchinairn Primary children explored their own writing talents through a brilliant workshop where the children created their own characters and wrote out their own story board. Split into groups, they worked furiously under the guidance of Kirsty Rawley, a truly inspiring teacher, and myself to produce some fantastic work. They also […]

Gordon Brown promotes new fantasy book

May 4, 2010

Gordon Brown, of Asthma UK Scotland, met with children’s author, Sam Wilding, at the Scottish Parliament  today. They attended a cross-party discussion group on asthma action plans and then took the opportunity to launch book three in the Denthan series to tie in with World Asthma Day. Sam Wilding’s fantasy trilogy about a boy hero with asthma has been a […]