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Message from our Intern

Hi, my name is Laura and I am currently undertaking a publishing internship with Curly Tale publishing house!  Whilst completing my placement I have found that children’s publishing is something that really excites me and I feel very passionate about. Although during some conversations with Shalla I felt silly in saying, ‘well what if the …

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Happy Batman Day!

To celebrate International Batman Day, we interviewed comic book legend and Curly Tale author, Alan Grant, about Batman and why this superhero is favourite among adults and children everywhere. Did you enjoy reading as a child?I loved reading. My granny taught me to read and write before I started primary school, using comics like The …

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My Business and the Biosphere

You’ll have noticed the Biosphere Certification Mark situated prominently on the home page of our website. If you click on the image, it takes you to the highly informative website of the Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere (GSAB). So what does the Certification Mark mean, and why are we so proud to have been awarded …

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How to Write a Successful Children’s Book

So you’ve had a great idea for a children’s book. Fantastic! It’s original, never-been-done-before and unique? Awesome! So now you’ve got to write it. Erk. How do you go from a great idea to a ready-to-submit story? Well, it is not easy. Even with a brilliant idea, if you and your story don’t follow some …

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Thoughts on Watercolour

I love painting in watercolour! Most of my books are illustrated in watercolour, although I have used other media – Sammy the Rainbow Snail is in acrylic, the Galloway Chilli is in gouache for example – but for the landscapes and animals of Galloway, there’s nothing like watercolour. No one taught me how to paint, …