Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Martin Brown

In May 2015 the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour visited Primary and Secondary Schools in Orkney and Shetland with the brilliant Martin Brown!

Did you know that one British soldier in the WW1 trenches counted 10,428 lice in his shirt alone? Or that it took two attempts for the executioner to chop off Mary Queen of Scot’s head? Pupils from Orkney and Shetland were treated to these foul facts from history when Martin Brown, illustrator of the hugely popular Horrible Histories series, visited their schools as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

Over the course of the week Martin brought the grisly tales and nasty nuggets of history to life for over 1300 children from 19 different schools. Martin talked to pupils about how an illustration for a Horrible Histories book happens – from author’s text, to ideas, through looking at references to the finished drawing. He also encouraged pupils to have fun with their drawings and to create drawings of their own, leading to some weird and wonderful characters!

To find out more about Martin and his work you can visit the Horrible Histories website.


Learning Resources

We have created learning resources to help you to explore the world of Martin's illustration with your pupils and encourage them to create their own illustrations. These are available to download from our website here.


Check out the gallery below for some pictures from a fantastic week on Orkney and Shetland.