Fantastic Spring Weekend

We had a great set of events at this year’s Wigtown Spring Weekend with a range of authors and storytellers dropping in to our shop in Scotland’s National Booktown. Amanda Sunderland brought along her little dog who inspired her first book for children – Wee McAsh to the Rescue. She’s now busy creating another adventure for the miniature dachshund who will be joined by new characters Paisley Pug and Pinchy McNip.

Amanda previews her new book.


We were delighted to meet Perth based writer Pauline Tail who travelled to Wigtown to talk about her plans for a follow up to her charming book The Fairy in the Kettle. Children were excited to see a kettle just like the one that fairy Leona Rose lives in.

Pauline Tait with her lovely book.


Storyteller Sandy McKnight captivated the largest audience of the weekend with his dark tale of Wheedleneeps the Brownie inspired by local folklore. Shalla is currently creating illustrations for this story of a Brownie who is made to take responsibility for his actions after several animals are blamed for taking crops from the farmer’s field. We plan to bring out a little edition of this book later this year – we’ll keep you posted.

Sandy McKnight tells a dark tale.


Our final event featured Curly Tale Books’ own Shalla Gray who talked about our plans for a book for toddlers called Jasmine’s Jumpers. Shalla has created several beautiful illustrations for this book about a little girl who loves wearing jumpers and has a different one for each day of the week. This is a work in progress though and at the moment we don’t have a launch date. It’s always fascinating to see how an artist works.

Shalla Gray at Wigtown Spring Weekend

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