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

Eck the Bee: A Scots Word Activity Book

Eck the Bee: A Scots Word Activity Book

Author(s): James Robertson
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Meet Wee Eck, the friendly bee who buzzes in and out of lots of fun adventures and activities with Skinnymalinky Kirstie and his pure mental scuba-diving Grannie.
Blethertoun Braes: Manky Mingin Rhymes Fae a Scottish Toun (Edited by Mathew Fitt and James Robertson)

Blethertoun Braes: Manky Mingin Rhymes Fae a Scottish Toun (Edited by Mathew Fitt and James Robertson)

Illustrated by: Bob Dewar
Slip into your baffies and settle down with a book that will take you through a whole day in Blethertoun Braes, a place where the greengrocer bursts into song, the polis has an unusual way of catching
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.
A Scots Parliament

A Scots Parliament

Author(s): James Robertson
This is an introduction to the history and workings of the institution at the heart of Scotland's government.
A Wee Book o Fairy Tales

A Wee Book o Fairy Tales

These traditional fairy tales, told in modern easy-to-read Scots and beautifully illustrated by Deborah Campbell, are an ideal way for parents and young children to discover and enjoy together the Sco
Katie's Coo: Traditional Scots Rhymes for Wee Folk

Katie's Coo: Traditional Scots Rhymes for Wee Folk

Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Katie's Coo is a delightful board book containing some much-loved traditional Scots rhymes along with a few that are less well-known.
King o the Midden: Manky Mingin Rhymes in Scots (Edited by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson)

King o the Midden: Manky Mingin Rhymes in Scots (Edited by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson)

Illustrated by: Bob Dewar
You are now entering King o the Midden. But be warned. Bob Dewars brilliant cartoon work sets off the stink bombs and whoopee cushions in this wild anthology of hilarious comic verse.
A Moose in the Hoose

A Moose in the Hoose

Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
Brought to life by award-winning Karen Sutherland's magical illustrations, this colourful counting book will keep young minds busy for hours, counting up the coos and dugs bubblyjocks and the her

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