Author details

James Robertson

Biography

I am a poet, novelist, short story writer and editor, writing in English and Scots. I was born in Kent in 1958, but grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire from the age of six. I studied history at Edinburgh University, and worked in various jobs, including bookselling, before becoming a full-time writer. My first book, a collection of short stories, was published in 1991, and since then I have published more than twenty books, for both adults and children. From 1993 to 1995 I was writer-in-residence at Brownsbank Cottage, the former home of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, near Biggar in Lanarkshire. I am a founder, editor and a contributing author to the Scots language children’s imprint Itchy Coo. I set up the pamphlet-publishing imprint Kettillonia in 1999 but spend most of my time now working on adult fiction and books for bairns in Scots.

About writer's work

I am interested in history, politics and international affairs, Scottish literature, language and culture, and all these themes appear in my work for adults. Scots language and plenty of humour are important in the books I write or edit for children. My novel Joseph Knight won both the Saltire Book of the Year and Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards in 2003/04, and The Testament of Gideon Mack was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and various other awards. It also featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club. I was awarded a Creative Scotland Award in 2006 to work on a novel about Scotland from 1945 to the present.

Websites featuring the author

www.scotgeog.com

Current events and projects

I am happy to consider most types of events, including readings, talks, lectures, workshops, classroom activities etc, and can work with audiences of all age groups.

Email

james@kettillonia.co.uk

Local authority where they are based

Angus

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, 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

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Poet, Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

The Testament Of Gideon Mack

The Testament Of Gideon Mack

Author(s): James Robertson
If the devil didn't exist, would man have to invent him?
The Fanatic

The Fanatic

Author(s): James Robertson
It is Spring 1997 and Hugh Hardie needs a ghost for his Tours of Old Edinburgh. Andrew Carlin is the perfect candidate.
Scottish Ghost Stories

Scottish Ghost Stories

Author(s): James Robertson
This is a collection of ghost stories based on a mixture of local history and folklore. The stories are from past and present.
Katie's Ferm

Katie's Ferm

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Katie visits her grandparents' farm and goes in search of the mischievous cat Tam, who keeps one step ahead of her all the way. Katie asks all the animals if they have seen Tam.
Kidnappit (Translated)

Kidnappit (Translated)

'Kidnappit' is the Scots version of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped', a dramatic adventure story about a 17 year old, desperate to secure his inheritance, that culminates
Katie's Moose

Katie's Moose

Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Babies and young children will love the simple story of Katie gathering up her animal friends in time for bed.
A Wee Moose in the Hoose

A Wee Moose in the Hoose

Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
A Wee Moose in the Hoose is a Scots book of numbers from the award-winning children's imprint, Itchy Coo, that will give endless amusement to bairns and adults alike.
The Smoky Smirr o Rain: A Scots Anthology

The Smoky Smirr o Rain: A Scots Anthology

The Smoky Smirr o Rain is an innovative collection of some of the finest prose and poetry written in Scots.

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