Author details

Annemarie Allan


I’ve been a teacher and a librarian, worked as a freelance researcher for local history projects plus a writer, a parent and, more recently, a grannie. I grew up in Edinburgh but spent many years in London, mostly trying to get back to Scotland. I live in a small town on the Firth of Forth and try to spend as much time as possible staring at the sea thinking deep thoughts.

Current events and projects

I am currently running a group for young writers/readers in my local library, helping to develop their writing/reviewing skills. It has been stimulating and a great deal of fun both for them and for me. During a school visit I generally discuss aspects of my own books, writing in general and the process of publication. I use various resource materials, but I am happy to adjust to whatever suits individual circumstances. I also have experience of children who may have difficulty accessing books without support, ie children with learning difficulties or other disabilities and I am keen to encourage their interest in the world of books and stories. I prefer to work with small groups if possible so that my visit is a two-way process rather than a formal talk.


Local authority where they are based

East Lothian

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens

LL funded


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Books written


Author(s): Annemarie Allan
Ellen whistled again and repeated the old rhyme Aunt Marian had taught her. 'I call you once. I call you twice. I call you three times over'.


Author(s): Annemarie Allan
Tom and Beth are not happy when they move to North Berwick and find themselves facing a rainy, windswept beach, a house that's falling to pieces and a school full of strangers.


Author(s): Annemarie Allan
Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet another weekend ruined by his father's job.