I’m finally allowed to share the news – my debut picture book
Can’t Dance Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story
comes out this summer and is published by Floris Books as part of their Picture Kelpies range.
I’m very pleased to be next to the awesome Matt Haig in the programme too.
If you’re a teacher or if you know a teacher, tell them to come along with their class to the event if they like the sound of
- dancing (genuine capercaillie dance moves)
- a naughty squirrel throwing nuts and squirting water
- a giant foam pinecone and some football skills
- video footage of my cat
- the sounds of the forest (I actually went to the highlands and recorded them)
- and a few surprises..
Thanks to Chris Scott for the book festival programme photo and to everyone at Floris Books, especially my brilliant editor Eleanor Collins and to Katie Pamment the illustrator – what a beautiful front cover!
Also, big thanks to the Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland – the first version of this book was written thanks to them during my writing retreat (via the Reader in Residence post at Leith Library).
And thanks to Mairi Wilson who let me stay at her house in Ullapool for my writing retreat, she was the first person to hear Cameron’s story. Back then, he was called Colin.