I'm delighted to be able to say that a children's book I finished writing earlier this year has been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize.
This year's shortlisted books are:
- The Superpower Project by Paul J. Bristow
- The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson
- My Fake Brother by Joan Pratt
I have shared a few original draft chapters from The Superpower Project on this blog over the last year. Those are still available to read here.
And, if you are interested, I've written other books with heritage group Magic Torch, which also explore the myths, urban legends and folklore of the Inverclyde area.
Wee Nasties (illustrated by Mhairi M Robertson)
There's all sorts of Wee Nasties hiding around Inverclyde, a bogle with smelly feet, a grumpy old wizard casting cheeky spells, and even a (mostly) friendly monster in the river.
Tales of the Oak comic (illustrated by Andy Lee)
Within, are cursed treasure maps, serpent worshipping cultists, trolls, ghosts, undead pirates and graverobbers in tales told by some of our most infamous horrors - Captain Kidd, Granny Kempock and Auld Dunrod. Dare you shine a flickering candle on the darker corners of our local folklore?
Both of these publications can be read online or downloaded for free, as they were created with the kind support of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland. You can find out more about Magic Torch, our current projects and other publications on our blog Tales of the Oak.
UPDATE - The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean by Linday Littleson was the winner of the prize, and will be published in 2015. The lovely people at Kelpies will also publish The Superpower Project in Spring 2016.