Kelpies News and Features

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Ferryman film rights sold to Hollywood

Posted on 18/01/18 in Claire McFall, Ferryman

We’re incredibly excited that a Hollywood studio has optioned the Ferryman film rights. US production studio Legendary Entertainment has acquired the …

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Our 2017 highlights

Posted on 29/12/17 in Authors, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Launches and Events, The Kelpies Prize, What We've Been Up To

It’s been another busy year at Kelpies HQ. With lots of new books, new faces and new ventures the past 12 months have been exciting, stimulating and r …

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Features for Teachers: Ruby McCracken Activity Pack

Posted on 15/12/17 in Elizabeth Ezra, Features for Teachers, Ruby McCracken

Are you looking for some Ruby Mc-Cracking activities for your classroom? Then look no further than this Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic activity …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Loch Ness Mess competition

Features for Teachers: Porridge the Tartan Cat

Posted on 15/12/17 in Alan Dapre, Features for Teachers, Porridge the Tartan Cat

Are you looking for some MOG-nificent classroom activities? Ones that will make your pupils say Me-WOW? Then look no further than the Porridge the Tar …

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Features for Teachers: Accidental Time Traveller

Posted on 15/12/17 in Features for Teachers, Janis Mackay, The Accidental Time Traveller

Are you looking for rewarding reading resources that your pupils will relish? Then why not try this pack for the award-winning The Accidental Time Tra …

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The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster: Cover Reveal!

Posted on 30/11/17 in Folk and Fairy Tales, Lari Don

Apparently 2017 was a record year for Loch Ness Monster sightings. We predict 2018 will be even better… We’re so excited to reveal the cover for The …

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Lari Don’s Blog Tour – Spellchasers Q and A

Posted on 23/10/17 in Author Interviews, Lari Don, Spellchasers

Today on the Discover Kelpies blog we’re delighted to be hosting Lari Don as she kicks off her spectacular Spellchasers blog tour. Lari Don’s Blog Tou …

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Peg and Uan

Peg and Uan, and other Kelpies pets

Posted on 04/10/17 in Alan Dapre, Isla & Pickle, Kate McLelland, Peg and Uan, Porridge the Tartan Cat, Ruby McCracken, Sandra Klaassen

In Peg and Uan: Making Friends, these two cute Kelpies characters meet for the first time. But did you know that the adorable Peg the Little Sheepdog …

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Author Interview: Michelle Sloan

Posted on 01/09/17 in Author Interviews, Michelle Sloan, The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee

Michelle Sloan was born and brought up in Edinburgh but now lives with her family in sunny Broughty Ferry near Dundee. She trained as a primary school …

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The Fourth Bonniest Baby in… Scotland

Posted on 09/08/17 in Kasia Matyjazsek, Michelle Sloan, The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee

We’re so delighted that The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee has been shortlisted for this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Congratulations to author …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Loch Ness Mess competition

Author Interview: Alan Dapré

Posted on 20/07/17 in Alan Dapre, Porridge the Tartan Cat

Alan Dapré is the author of over fifty books for children. He has also written over one hundred television scripts, transmitted home and abroad. His p …

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Pet portrait competition

Win a pet portrait by Kate McLelland!

Posted on 14/07/17 in Competitions, Isla & Pickle, Kate McLelland

To celebrate the launch of Isla & Pickle: Best Friends, we’re giving you the chance to win a pet portrait by Kate McLelland plus a copy of this br …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Loch Ness Mess competition

Loch Ness Mess Twitter competition

Posted on 13/07/17 in Alan Dapre, Competitions, Porridge the Tartan Cat

Enter our competition to celebrate the latest adventure in the Porridge the Tartan Cat series! We’re giving a lucky reader the chance to win a copy of …

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Author Interview: Lindsay Littleson

Posted on 04/07/17 in Kelpies Prize 2014, Lily McLean, Lindsay Littleson

If you know anyone moving up to high school after the summer you may well want to introduce them to the engaging, funny and slightly troubled Lily McL …

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Spellchasers characters

Spellchasers Fan Art Competition: The Winners!

Posted on 28/06/17 in Authors, Competitions, Lari Don

We love our Spellchasers fans, and it seems that they are an extremely talented and creative bunch! To celebrate the launch of The Witch’s Guide to Ma …

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Summer Activities – Football Tips and Tricks

Posted on 26/06/17 in Authors, Danny Scott, Fun Stuff

Practice your football skills over the summer holidays ahead of the new season with the help of Calum and his friends. Discover the Scotland Stars F.C …

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#FlorisDesign Kate McLelland

#FlorisDesign meets Kate McLelland

Posted on 19/06/17 in Design and Illustration, Kate McLelland

From wee lassies to midgies and nessies, Kate McLelland has illustrated many Kelpies books. Now she’s launching a new picture book series about a chee …

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Spellchasers Fan Art Competition

Fan art competition: win the Spellchasers trilogy!

Posted on 26/05/17 in Authors, Competitions, Lari Don, Spellchasers

Enter our fan art competition for the chance to win an exclusive Spellchasers prize bundle! Author Lari Don will judge the shortlisted entries and pic …

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books for boys and girls

Guest post: Writing for girls and boys

Posted on 18/05/17 in Alan Dapre, Porridge the Tartan Cat

Alan Dapré is the author of more than 60 books for children, including the hilarious Porridge the Tartan Cat series. In this guest blog post, he refle …

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Spellchasers characters

Would you trust this Spellchasers character?

Posted on 20/04/17 in Guest posts, Lari Don, Spellchasers

In The Beginner’s Guide to Curses, we met the Spellchasers team. The unluckily cursed Molly, Beth the dryad, Innes the Kelpie, and Atacama the sphinx. …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes

A Deadly Giant Clootie Dumpling: Top Secret Recipe

Posted on 11/04/17 in Alan Dapre, Fun Stuff, Porridge the Tartan Cat

We’ve got our hands on the SUPER-SECRET plans of Fergus McFungus, Gadget Grandad’s arch enemy! Rumour has it that these top-secret plans can make a ra …

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Spellchasers characters

The Spellchasers trilogy – what happens next?

Posted on 03/04/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

At our special book launch for The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away – the second book in Spellchasers trilogy – author Lari Don let us into some o …

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Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean

A sneak peek into Lily McLean’s diary

Posted on 23/03/17 in Extract, Lily McLean, Lindsay Littleson

Lily McLean had a Mixed-Up Summer. Now she’s (not) looking forward to an Awkward Autumn. Telling people you hear voices doesn’t win you many friends. …

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My First Scottish Feature Image

‘My First Scottish…’ – from brainwave to book

Posted on 07/03/17 in Design and Illustration, Kate McLelland

Have you ever wondered how a board book is created? Perhaps not! After all, it can’t be that difficult to make a board book, can it? We caught up with …

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Spellchasers characters

Meet the Spellchasers team!

Posted on 17/02/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

You’re on a quest to lift your curse. You’ve just been surrounded by the grey men of Ben Macdui. You need someone to help you escape. Who would you ch …

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Spellchasers characters

Superfans speculate on the Spellchasers trilogy

Posted on 01/02/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

We’re waiting on tenterhooks to read The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away, the next instalment of Lari Don’s Spellchasers trilogy. In The Beginner …

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Spellchasers characters

Spellchasers competition: win a signed book!

Posted on 24/01/17 in Competitions, Lari Don, Spellchasers

Calling all Lari Don fans! To celebrate the launch of The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away, Atacama the sphinx helped us to put together this tric …

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Spellchasers: The Beginner’s Guide to Curses

Posted on 19/08/16 in Lari Don

You may have heard us talking about Lari Don’s amazing Spellchasers trilogy recently, and now the first book – The Beginner’s Guide to Curses – is fin …

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Sample the latest adventure in the Red Fever trilogy!

Posted on 16/06/16 in Black Tide, Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Silver Storm

Caroline Clough’s post-apocalyptic thrillers Red Fever and Black Tide have taken Toby, Tash and Snowy on a journey all over Scotland, but where will t …

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Features for Teachers: Highland Games

Posted on 06/05/16 in Features for Teachers, Mike Nicholson

Organise your own Highland Games for your class or school this summer with the help of Thistle Games by Mike Nicholson and Jo Litchfield! The Highland …

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The Myth of the Beast

Posted on 10/12/15 in An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures, Competitions, Kate Leiper, Theresa Breslin

Earlier this year we launched a competition for three primary school children to win £100 worth of Kelpies books for their primary school libraries. C …

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Spooky Reads for Halloween!

Posted on 16/10/15 in Alette Willis, Alex Nye, Folk and Fairy Tales, Fun Stuff, Gill Arbuthnott, Lari Don

Winter is coming, the long nights are drawing in and we love nothing more at this time of year than to curl up with a good book. The more adventurous …

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An inside look at Lily McLean’s diary!

Posted on 17/04/15 in Kelpies Prize 2014, Lindsay Littleson

With just under a week left until the publication of Lindsay Littleson’s The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, how is Lily feeling about it all? Take a …

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Have a sneaky peek at one of our spookiest #SpookyReads!

Posted on 28/10/14 in Alex Nye, Authors, Books, Chill, Extract, Fun Stuff

One of our favourite things to do when it’s cold, wet and windy outside is to curl up somewhere warm and comfortable with a good book. And with Hallow …

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Are you #TeamThor or #TeamLoki? Vote today on Discover Kelpies!

Posted on 24/10/14 in Fun Stuff, Robert J Harris, Thor is Locked in my Garage

We do like a Norse god here at DiscoverKelpies Towers, which is why we LOVE Robert J. Harris’ hilarious adventures The Day The World Went Loki and Tho …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Si Clark

Posted on 01/10/14 in Design and Illustration, E. B. Colin, Fun Stuff, Pyrate's Boy

Illustrator of… A few weeks ago, the team here at Discover Kelpies were thrilled to announce that three (yes, THREE!) of our lovely titles had been …

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Clip clop CRASH! Yann and the Fabled Beasts gang are taking over DiscoverKelpies for a day!

Posted on 26/09/14 in First Aid for Fairies, Fun Stuff, Lari Don

Good morning Kelpies fans! We found this very mysterious blog waiting for us when we arrived at DiscoverKelpies Towers so of course we had to share it …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Philip Longson

Posted on 24/09/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Lari Don

Illustrator of…For the last three weeks we’ve dedicated our #FlorisDesign take-overs to showcasing our wonderfully talented Traditional Scottish Tal …

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Illustrator interview with Ruchi Mhasane

#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Ruchi Mhasane

Posted on 17/09/14 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Janis Mackay

Illustrator of… Last Wednesday we introduced you to the first of our Traditional Scottish Tales illustrators, Matthew Land – illustrator of Theresa …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Questionnaire: Luke Newell

Posted on 03/09/14 in Alex McCall, Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Kelpies Prize 2013

Illustrator of… It’s been just over a year since Luke Newell began to design his eggs-cellent cover for Alex McCall’s Kelpies Prize-winning Attack o …

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Cover reveal! Introducing The Fabled Beast Chronicles by Lari Don

Posted on 09/05/14 in Authors, Lari Don

Happy Friday, Kelpies readers! And boy, do we have a treat for you. A cover reveal treat, that is! You might have heard some whispers over on the Disc …

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Soldier’s Game Shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award

Posted on 29/06/12 in James Killgore, Scottish Children's Book Awards, Soldier's Game

We’re thrilled to announce that Soldier’s Game by James Killgore has been shortlisted for the 8 – 11 category of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 20 …

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The Wishcatchers Launch on YouTube

Posted on 21/09/11 in Carol Christie, Launches and Events, The Wishcatchers

Have you ever wondered what it is like at a Kelpies launch? Well now you can get a sneak peek by checking out this YouTube clip of The Wishcatcher’s l …

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Lari Don — Storm Singing and Other Tangled Tasks — Author Interview

Posted on 18/08/11 in July 2011, Lari Don, Storm Singing

In case you missed it, here’s the Book of the Month Author Interview with Lari Don. Lari released her latest book in the First Aid for Fairies series …

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Lari Don Clowns Around!

Posted on 22/07/11 in Lari Don, Launches and Events

Check out a clip of Lari Don, author of the First Aid for Fairies series and Rocking Horse War, clowning around at Edinburgh’s Central Library. Have y …

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Carol Christie Author Interview

Posted on 21/06/11 in Carol Christie, The Wishcatchers

In case you missed it, here is the Book of the Month interview with debut author Carol Christie, who released her book, The Wishcatchers, earlier this …

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Janis Mackay Author Interview

Posted on 13/04/11 in Janis Mackay, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission

In case you missed it, here is the Book of the Month interview with Scottish author and storyteller Janis Mackay, whose new book Magnus Fin and the Mo …

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Another Red Fever Review

Posted on 22/03/11 in Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Reviews

Another wonderful review for our latest Kelpies Prize winner – Red Fever – from a real young reader! ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how the a …

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Red Fever Review

Posted on 04/03/11 in Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Reviews

Caroline Clough, author of Red Fever, recently received this review of her book which I thought was so brilliant that I just had to blog about it. The …

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Seals at Deep Sea World

Posted on 01/03/11 in Janis Mackay, Launches and Events, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission

To celebrate the release of Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, the latest book about half-selkie (part-human, part-seal) hero Magnus Fin, we had a …

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Caroline Clough Author Interview

Posted on 23/02/11 in Book of the Month, Caroline Clough, Red Fever

Just in case you missed the author interview with Caroline Clough about her first book Red Fever, which won the Kelpies Prize in August last year, her …

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Lari Don – Updated Website

Posted on 08/02/11 in First Aid for Fairies, Lari Don, Rocking Horse War, Storm Singing, Wolf Notes

Lari Don, the brilliant author of the First Aid for Fairies series and Rocking Horse War, has updated her website with some fantastic new features. Sh …

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New Kelpies for 2011

Posted on 01/12/10 in Anne Forbes, Carol Christie, Dragon Seeker, Janis Mackay, Lari Don, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission, Storm Singing, The Wishcatchers

While the world is very cold and snowy (including Edinburgh), the Kelpies team are planning wonderful new books for you to read next spring and early …

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Janey Louise Jones Interview

Posted on 30/11/10 in Cloudberry Castle, Janey Louise Jones

Just in case you missed the Janey Louise Jones author interview which was posted at the release of her new book Cloudberry Castle, here it is again. J …

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Ushig Shortlisted for the Essex Book Awards

Posted on 29/10/10 in Annemarie Allan, Essex Book Awards, Ushig

We recently found out that Ushig by Annemarie Allan has been shortlisted for the wonderful Essex Book Award 2010! The award is run by the Essex School …

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Heart of Hawick Book Award Shortlist

Posted on 01/10/10 in Douglas Bruton, Heart of Hawick Book Award, The Chess Piece Magician

We are very pleased to announce that The Chess Piece Magician by Douglas Bruton has been shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 201 …

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Cloudberry Castle Launch Party

Posted on 27/09/10 in Cloudberry Castle, Janey Louise Jones, Launches and Events

Yesterday we celebrated the launch of our newest Kelpie – Cloudberry Castle by Janey Louise Jones (the Princess Poppy author) with a MASSIVE party at …

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Lari Don Interview

Posted on 22/09/10 in Book of the Month, Lari Don, Rocking Horse War

Just in case you missed the Lari Don author interview which was posted at the release of her new book Rocking Horse War, here it is again. The questio …

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