Portable lunkie hole at Gatehouse Library
We’ve had great fun during Book Week Scotland touring some of the wonderful libraries in Dumfries and Galloway. We started off at Castle Douglas and have also been to Gatehouse of Fleet, Lochside and Lochthorn in Dumfries and Stranraer. We’ve been reading our latest book Big Bill and the Larking Lambs to lots of lovely children from nurseries and schools. Our grande finale to each event has been for the children to build a wall with a lunkie hole in it – this is the gap in a wall or dyke to allow sheep to pass through, and it features in our book. In other parts of the UK it has different names like a sheep creep we’ve been told. In Dumfries and Galloway the gap is called a lunkie hole. The activity helps children with skills related to construction and working together as well as being great fun to crawl through at the end. Not many authors can say they’ve been travelling around with a portable ‘stone wall’! It’s been fantastic fun and we’re always delighted to support our local libraries and we’re always thrilled to be invited to talk to children.