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AWARDS:

Silver Skin

Shortlisted for Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017

Silver Skin

The BookBag's Top Ten Teen Books for Teens 2015

Ice Road

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Winter Reads 2013

Planet Hell

Scottish Book Trust Book of the Month September 2012

The Case of the London Dragonfish

Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2011-2012

The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

Books from Scotland Children's Choice for February 2011

Shortlisted for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award 2012

The Case of the London Dragonfish

A Lovereading4kids Recommended Summer Read for 2010!

The Night of the Kelpies

Books from Scotland Children's Choice Book of the Month February 2010

The Thing That Mattered Most

Winner of the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award 2007

Ely Plot - Book 1 of The Wickit Chronicles

BRAW Book of the Month April 2007

 

(Photo courtesy of Walter Neilson, The Scotsman)

 

EVENTS: (where I've been and where I'm going ...)

2017

Mon. 24 April - Pushkin Prize Giving - judges Keith Gray and Joan Lennon

Thurs. 23 March - CPD workshop with YWSP at Trinity House Maritime Museum, Leith

Faclan Og a Deas - Outer Hebrides

Tues. 28 Feb. - Paible Primary School and Liniclate Secondary School

Wed. 1 March - Daliburgh Primary School

Thurs. 2 March - Castlebay Primary School and Eoligarry Primary School

Wed. 22 Feb. - Patron of Reading day at Queensferry Primary School

Mon. 23 Jan. - Lornshill Academy, Alloa - winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlisted author event, with Claire McFall, Keith Gray and Joan Lennon

2016

Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017

Scottish Teenage Book Prize

Mon. 5 Sept. - Shortlisted titles announced:

     Keith Grey The Last Soldier
     Joan Lennon Silver Skin
     Claire McFall Black Cairn Point

Find out how to take part here!


Mon. 25 April - Pushkin Prize Giving - judges Keith Gray and Joan Lennon

Sat. 5 March - StAnza Poetry Festival - launch of the Emma Press Anthology of Age - Innes Bookshop 6:15

Wee Write Book Festival

Wed. 2 March - Silver Skin events - 10:00 and 1:00

Mon. 29 Feb. - Patron of Reading Day at Queensferry Primary School

Sat. 6 Feb. - National Libraries Day at South Queensferry Library - 10:30 - 12:30

Mon. 11 Jan. - Broomlands Primary School, Kelso - Wickit Chronicles event

2015

Fri. 11 Dec. - St Boswells Primary School - Slightly Jones event - 9:15
                 - Newtown St Boswells Primary School - Slightly Jones event - 11:15

Thurs. 10 Dec. - Gordon Primary School - Slightly Jones event - 11:00
                     - Jedburgh Grammar School - Silver Skin writing workshops - 2:05, 2:55

Wed. 11 Nov. - Patron of Reading Day at Queensferry Primary School

Sat. 7 Nov. - Glenalmond Writing Competition Prize Giving

Sun. 25 Oct. - 26 Pairs of Eyes reading - Foundling Museum, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival

BOOKMARK Book Festival

3 Oct. - launch of Points in Time 11:30 - 12:30

Wed. 23 Sept. - Time to Write 5 - Bridge of Cally Hall 10:00 - 12:00

Tues. 22 Sept. - Time to Write 5 - Kirkmichael Session House - 7:00 - 9:00

Thurs. 17 Sept. - Creative Writing Workshops at Blairgowrie High School

Wed. 16 Sept. - Patron of Reading Day at Queensferry Primary School

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mon. 31 August - 12:15 - 1:15 - Other Worlds with Joan Lennon and Angie Sage

Mon. 17 August - 2:00 - 3:00 - Silver Skins and Wild Wolves with Joan Lennon and Katherine Rundell

Wed. 26 Aug. - Time to Write 4 - Bridge of Cally Hall 10:00 - 12:00

Tues. 25 Aug. - Time to Write 4 - Kirkmichael Session House - 7:00 - 9:00

Wed. 29 July - Time to Write 3 - Bridge of Cally Hall 10:00 - 12:00

Tues. 28 July - Time to Write 3 - Kirkmichael Session House 7:00 - 9:00

Moniack Mhor Writing Centre

Writing for Children and Young Adults with Joan Lennon, Melvin Burgess and Anne Fine

Mon. 13 - Sat. 18 July

Sat. 4 July - Foundling Museum, London - 26 Pairs of Eyes readings from 2:00

Wed. 24 June - Time to Write 2 - Bridge of Cally Hall 10:00 - 12:00

Tues. 23 June - Time to Write 2 - Kirkmichael Session House 7:00 - 9:00

Thurs. 18 June - Eden Court Masterclass - Writing for Children - Inverness - 7:00 - 9:00

Mon. 15 June - Patron of Reading Day at Queensferry Primary School

Wed. 27 May - Time to Write 1 - Bridge of Cally Hall 10:00 - 12:00

Tues. 26 May - Time to Write 1 - Kirkmichael Session House 7:00 - 9:00

Tues. 26 and Wed. 27 May - Kirkmichael Primary School - creative writing with P5-7

Tues. 12 May - Patron of Reading Day at Queensferry Primary School

Mon. 27 April - Pushkin Prize Giving - judges Keith Gray and Joan Lennon

Tues. 24 March - Launch of a new Patron of Reading post with Queensferry Primary School

Fri. 6 Feb. - Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh University - poetry reading as part of The Beguiled Eye exhibition

Fri. 9 Jan. - Launch of Place Settings - Blairgowrie Library

2014

Sat. 29 Nov. - Aberdeen Reading Bus event at Satrosphere Centre - 1:00 -
2:30 - Tales from the Turrets

Tues. 14 Oct. - Creative Partnership exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery - Place Settings display

BOOKMARK Book Festival

Sat. 11 Oct. - Place Settings readings

Sun. 12 Oct - Open Mic poetry readings

Wed. 24 Sept. - Kirkmichael Session House - adult writing workshop

Tues. 2 Sept. - Kirkmichael Primary School - writing workshop

Mon. 1 Sept. - Meigle Primary School - writing workshop

Edinburgh International Book Festival, School Gala Day

Tues. 26 Aug. - Leif Frond event

Thurs. 21 Aug. - Wisecraft Centre, Blairgowrie - writing workshop

Sun. 10 July - Poetry Stage, Dundee - poetry reading

Thurs. 31 July - Wisecraft Centre, Blairgowrie - writing workshop

Thurs. 17 July - Wisecraft Centre, Blairgowrie - writing workshop

Thurs. 3 July - Rattray Centre - writing workshop

Tues. 1 July - Rattray Centre - Tales from the Turrets event

Sat. 21 June - Kirkmichael Authors' Event (part of fringeBOOKMARK)

Thurs. 19 June - Eden Court, Inverness - adult writing workshop

Wed. 11 June - Blairgowrie Library - Blair Writers - writing workshop

Thurs. 5 June - Blairgowrie High School - writing workshop and Reading Excellence award ceremony

Thurs. 29 May - Dalry Primary, Edinburgh - Slightly Jones event

Patron of Reading for the Aberdeen Reading Bus

Wed. 14 May - Brimmond Primary and Heathryburn Primary Schools - Wickit Chronicles event

Tues. 13 May - Forthview Primary, Edinburgh - Slightly Jones event

Mon. 12 May - Blairgowrie High School masterclass - writing workshop

Writer-in-Residence for Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens

April - October

Hospitalfield House Interdisciplinary Residency

Wed. 23 April - Wed. 7 May

Mon. 3 March - Pitteuchar East Primary School, Glenrothes - Tales from the Turrets event

Learning Across the Arts Festival - Aberdeen

Writing the Scary Bits

Mon. 24 Feb.  - Scotstown School
                     - Greenbrae School
Tues. 25 Feb. - Middleton Park School
                     - Kirkhill School

Sat. 1 Feb. - Platform Poetry Reading - Ladybank Station

2013

Sat. 30 Nov. - Book Week Scotland - Loud and Clear Book Marathon - Dundee Contemporary Arts - reading from The Case of the Hidden City

Tues. 26 Nov. – Crookfur Primary and Eastwood High School - 3 creative writing workshops for P7/S1

                     - Braidbar Primary P3 - Tales from the Turrets event

Junior Writing Competition - Theme: An Unlikely Event

Sat. 2 Nov. - Find out the winners at Glenalmond College, with BBQ and Fireworks!

Bookmark Book Festival

Sat. 19 Oct. - Blairgowrie, Rattray and The
Glens - Tales from the Turrets event

Cupar Arts Festival

Sun. 13 Oct. - poetry reading

Wigtown Book Festival

Sat. 5 Oct. - Tales from the Turrets event

Dundee Science Centre

Sun. 22 Sept. - Myths and Monsters Exhibition -
             11:00 - writing workshop for ages 5 - 8
             1:00 - writing workshop for ages 9 - 12

Spirit of Moray Book Festival

Tues. 17 Sept. - Elgin - two Tales from the Turrets events

Crookfur/Eastwood Reading Festival

Wed. 6 March - 3 writing workshops

Tues. 5 March - Hutcheson's Grammar School - Wickit Chronicles event and writing workshop

2012

Fri. 9 Nov. – Foulford Primary School – Slightly Jones event

                – Lumphinnan Primary School – Slightly Jones event

Dundee Book Festival

Sat. 27 Oct. – Bonar Hall – Slightly Jones event

Tues. 16 Oct. – Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire – creative writing workshop

Encounters Book Festival

Thurs. 4 Oct. – Moodiesburn Library – Tales from the Keep
Thurs. 4 Oct. – Stepps Library – Slightly Jones

Islay Book Festival

Sat. 8 Sept. – Let’s Write Baddies! – creative writing workshop
Mon. 10 Sept. – Bowmore Primary – Slightly Jones event
Mon. 10 Sept. – Port Ellen Primary – Slightly Jones event

Fri. 31 Aug. – Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland – poetry reading

Arvon Course, Writing for Children

6 – 11 August – tutor at Moniack Mhor

Tues. 19 June – Tollcross Primary School, Edinburgh – Slightly Jones event

Sun. 27 May – Shore Poets, Edinburgh – poetry reading

Thurs. 5 April - Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire - Slightly Jones event

Tues. 27 March - Kirn Primary, Dunoon - Slightly Jones event

Tues. 20 March - Wormit Primary - Wickit Chronicles event

Fri. 16 March - Fawcett Primary - Slightly Jones event

Thurs. 15 March - Ely St John's Primary - Slightly Jones event

Wed. 14 March - St Faith's, Cambridge - Slightly Jones event

Mon. 5 March - National Museum of Scotland - Writing workshops (S1 to S4)

Thurs. 1 March - Dykesman Primary - Slightly Jones event

                       - St Peter's Primary - Slightly Jones event

Sat. 21 Jan. - Broughty Ferry - Slightly Jones event

2011

Sat. 3 Dec. - 26 Treasures reading - National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Northern Children's Book Festival

Mon. 7 Nov. - Gateshead
Tues. 8 Nov. - County Durham
Wed. 9 Nov. - Middlesborough

Thurs. 27 Oct. - Islay Writing Circle workshop

Tues. 13 Sept. - Uphall Primary School Book Week - Wickit event

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mon. 22 Aug. - 5:30 Amnesty International Reading
Tues. 23 Aug. - 10:00 Outreach Event - Slightly Jones Mysteries
                      - 1:30 RBS Imagination Lab - Slightly Jones Mysteries

Mon. 13 June - A Haiku or a Hundred Words - Part 3 - Presentation Day at
          Clovenstone Primary School, Edinburgh

Tues. 31 May - A Haiku or a Hundred Words - Part 2 - Writing Workshops
          at Clovenstone Primary School, Edinburgh

Thurs. 19 May - A Haiku or a Hundred Words - Part 1 - Edinburgh Zoo with
           P7s from Clovenstone Primary School

Moniack Mhor

1-27 March – Jessie Kesson Fellowship – writer-in-residence at Moniack Mhor
            Wed. 2 March – Dingwall Primary
            Wed. 9 March – Merkinch Primary and St Josephs Primary
            Wed. 16 March – Tomnacross Primary and Teannassie Primary
            Sat. 19 March – Reading and workshop with Highland Literary Salon
            Mon. 19 March – Beauly Primary

Aye Write Festival

8 March – 2 Slightly Jones events

Thurs. 24 Feb. – Strathallan Primary School, Kirkcaldy – Tales from the Keep and 2 Slightly Jones events

Wed. 23 Feb. – Newtyle Primary School – Tales from the Keep and Slightly Jones events

Orkney

Mon. 14 Feb. – Stromness Primary School – 2 Slightly Jones events
- Stromness Writing Group – evening meeting
Tues. 15 Feb. – Dounby Community School – 2 Wickit Chronicles events
Wed. 16 Feb. – Stenness Primary School – 1 Slightly Jones event

Fri. 28 Jan. – West Kirkcaldy Primary School – Slightly Jones event

2010

Thurs. 25 Nov. – The Perse School – Wickit Chronicles event

Wed. 24 Nov. – Great Abington Primary – Ribburta the Frog x 2, Tales from the Keep, Slightly Jones

Tues. 23 Nov. – St Faith’s School – Wickit Chronicles event

Thurs. 18 Nov. – Low Port Primary School – Tales from the Keep event

Tues. 16 Nov. - Auchinairn Primary School, Bishopbriggs - Tales from the Keep event, Slightly Jones event

Thurs. 11 Nov. - Linlithgow Primary School - Slightly Jones event

Northern Children's Book Festival

Mon. 8 Nov. - Gateshead
Tues. 9 Nov. - Sunderland
Wed. 10 Nov. - Darlington

North Lanarkshire "Works" Book Festival

Thurs. 21 Oct. - Slightly Jones event

Wigton Book Festival

Sun. 26 Sept. - Slightly Jones event

New Lanark Book Festival

Thurs. 16 Sept. - Slightly Jones event

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Fri. 27 August - Slightly Jones event

Borders Book Festival, Melrose

Fri. 18 June - Wickit Chronicles event

Tues. 11 May - Penicuik High School - author visit with S1s and S2s

Wed. 5 May - Islay Writing Circle - writing workshop

Wed. 21 April - Forrester High School, Edinburgh - writing workshop with S1s

Tues. 23 March - Crieff Library - Wickit Chronicles event

Tues. 16 March - Fallin Library Chatterbooks - Wickit Chronicles event

Wed. 10 March - Hillwood Primary School, Edinburgh - Wickit Chronicle event

Tues. 9 March - Midcalder Primary School, Edinburgh - Wickit Chronicle event

Fri. 5 March - St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh - Tales from the Keep event

Wed. 3 & Thurs. 4 March - schools in London TBA

Mon. 1 March - Auchtermuchty Primary School - Tales from the Keep & Wickit Chronicles events

Thurs. 25 Feb. - St Mary's Primary School, Bonnyrigg - Wickit Chronicles event

Tues. 4 Feb. - St Ninian's Library Chatterbooks - Wickit Chronicles event

2009

Thurs. 26 Nov. - Blairgowrie Chatterbooks - Wickit Chronicles event

Fri. 20 Nov. - Crackin' Crits Project, Dalreoch Primary School - interview and filming!

Northern Children's Book Festival 2009

Tues. 17 Nov. - Northumberland- 2 Tales from the Keep events, 1 Wickit Chronicles event
Wed. 18 Nov. - South Tyneside- 3 Tales from the Keep events
Thurs. 19 Nov. - Gateshead - 2 Tales from the Keep events, 1 Wickit Chronicles event

Tues. 10 Nov. - Crackin' Crits Project, Dalreoch Primary School - 2 Wickit Chronicles events

Off the Page Book Festival

Wed. 16 Sept. - Stirling - Tales from the Keep event

Islay Book Festival

Fri. 4 Sept. - Islay - 2 Wickit Chronicle events
Sat. 5 Sept. - Islay - Writing Workshop based on Questors and The Seventh Tide

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tues. 1 Sept. - Edinburgh - Tales from the Keep event

Sat 29 Aug. - Carnoustie Library - Medal Ceremony and Wickit event

Mon 24 Aug. - Bellyeoman Primary School, Dunfermline - 2 Tales from the Keep events

North Tyneside Summer Reading Challenge - Theme: Dungeons and Dragons!

Sat. 18 July - Grand Launch
Thurs. 23 July - Long Benton
Thurs. 13 Aug. - Rising Sun Country Park
Thurs. 27 Aug. - Dudley

The Hairst Festival

Tues. 9 June - Montrose Library - Wickit Chronicles event

 

Sat. 16 May - Blackford Brownies and Rainbows, in support of Book Aid International

Wed. 18 March - Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh - Tales from the Keep event

Tues. 10 March - Lawhead Primary School, St Andrews - Tales from the Keep event

Fri. 6 March - Barnhill Primary School, Broughty Ferry - 4 Wickit Chronicles events

Fri. 6 Feb. - Arbirlot Primary School, Angus - Wickit Chronicles event

2008

Wed. 26 Nov. 2008 - Forfar Brownies - Wickit Chronicles event

Fri. 21 Nov. 2008

Brechin Library - Tales from the Keep event

Monifieth Library - Tales from the Keep event

Northern Children's Book Festival 2008

Mon. 17 Nov. - Stockton - 3 Wickit Chronicles events

Tues. 18 Nov. - Gateshead - 3 Wickit Chronicles events

Wed. 19 Nov. - North Tyneside - 3 Wickit Chronicles events

 

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2008

Mon. 25 Aug. Writing Workshop 6:00 - 7:00 SOLD OUT

Tues. 26 Aug. RBS Schools Gala Day. Tales from the Keep 1:30 - 2:30 SOLD OUT

 

The Wickit Chronicles & The Seventh Tide


Date: Wednesday, June 18 2008
Time: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Venue: Gilmorehill G12 Theatre

Presented by Joan Lennon

Enter the incredible worlds of Joan Lennon. In the Wickit Chronicles, Medieval England is brilliantly recreated through the adventure of Pip and his friend Perfect, a living Gargoyle. (P4-P6)

The Seventh Tide is a fast paced fantasy adventure featuring three children involved in a deadly game of time travel. If they fail, they’re at the mercy of beautiful soul-sucking demons… (P6-P7)

Tickets £30 per class/ £4 per individual

 

Ice Road Tour

Craigmillar Book Festival:

10 March, 2008: Castleview Primary School 9.25-10.30, 11.00-12.00

11 March, 2008: St Francis Primary School 9.25-10.30, 11.00-12.00

12 March, 2008: Niddrie Mill Primary School 9.25-10.30, 11.00-12.00

World Book Day

6 March, 2008: Waterstones, Edinburgh, Preston Street Primary School, 10.00, 11.15

5 March, 2008: Waterstones, St Andrews, Greyfriars Primary School, 11.00

5 March, 2008: Waterstones, St Andrews, school TBC

4 March, 2008: Newtyle Primary School, 1.30.

3 March, 2008: Ancrum Road Primary School, 2.15

3 March, 2008: Gowriehill Primary School, 10.45

27 February, 2008: Monifieth and Carnoustie Chatterbooks, 6.15

14 December: Falkland Primary School at Waterstones, St Andrews - Wickit Chronicles event 10.00

22 November: Linlithgow Primary School - Questors event 11.00

22 November: Low Port Primary School, Linlithgow - Wickit Chronicles event 1.30

23 October: Lochside School, Montrose - Wickit Chronicles event 1:45

23 October: Brechin Chatterbooks - Wickit Chronicles event 6:30

6 September: Inverkeilor Primary School - Wickit Chronicles event

28 September: Lochgilphead Primary School - two Wickit Chronicles events

27 August: Edinburgh Book Festival - Ely Plot event - RBS Imagination Lab 10:00

28 August: Edinburgh Book Festival - Questors event - RBS Imagination Lab 10:00

5 June: Blackness Primary School, Dundee - Ely Plot event

9 May: Aberdeen Word Festival - Questors event

 

Ely Plot Tour

25 April: Ely Library 1:30-3:00

25 April: Topping Books, Ely 5:30-7:00

26 April: Ely Library 9:30-11:00

26 April: Wicken Fen 12.00-2.00

27 April: Heffers, Cambridge 10:00-11:30

 

2007

29 January: 2 events at Hillside Primary School, Dundee

30 January: 2 events at Ancrum Road Primary School, Dundee

31 January: Canongate Primary School, St Andrews, Fife

31 January: Greyfriars Primary School, St Andrews, Fife

1 February: Windyknowe Primary School, Bathgate, West Lothian

1 February: Balbardie Primary School, Bathgate, West Lothian

2 February: Carmondean Primary School, Livingston, West Lothian

2 February: Blast Off Books, Bo'ness Academy, Linlithgow, West Lothian

 

 

**** 28 Nov. 2006 at Kirriemuir Town Hall ****

A talk to local P7s about Questors. They find out about the book
before it’s even on the shelves!

(from the Angus Courier, 29th November, 2006)