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Category: Guest posts

Guest Post: Hannah Foley on life as a writer and a nurse

Posted on 11/03/21 in Authors, Books, Guest posts

We are immensely proud to be working with Hannah Foley, who is not only an author and illustrator, but is also a district nurse. Her Kelpies Prize-win …

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Guest Post: Imagining Unicorns by Nataša Ilinčić

Posted on 13/02/20 in Guest posts, Nataša Ilinčić

In today’s guest post, illustrator Nataša Ilinčić takes us through the process of creating her latest picture book, The Legend of the First Unicorn. I …

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Guest Post: Searching for Unicorns by Lari Don

Posted on 13/02/20 in Guest posts, Lari Don

Have you ever been surprised by a unicorn? In today’s guest blog, Lari Don explains why Scotland has so many of these mythical creatures… Surprised …

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The Boy with the Butterfly Mind: Blog Tour

Posted on 24/09/19 in Author Interviews, Guest posts, Victoria Williamson

To celebrate the launch of The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, author Victoria Williamson has been busy in the blogosphere with guest posts, interviews a …

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The Girl Who Lost her Shadow

Guest Post: Sisterhood by Emily Ilett

Posted on 19/09/19 in Guest posts

The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow The Girl Who Lost her Shadow is the stunning debut novel from Kelpies Prize winner Emily Ilett. It is a lyrical, immersiv …

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Greyfriars Bobby – Reimagining a Legend

Posted on 30/07/19 in Guest posts, Michelle Sloan, Traditional Scottish Tales

In this guest post, author Michelle Sloan discusses how she went about reimagining a world-famous Scottish legend for her brand new picture book, Grey …

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Guest Post: How to Write a Mystery by David MacPhail

Posted on 15/08/18 in Features for Teachers, Guest posts

We all love a good mystery, and David MacPhail’s latest Top-Secret Grandad adventure, Death by Soup, is at the top of our to read pile. We caught up w …

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Join #PickleOnTour with Kate McLelland

Posted on 18/06/18 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Guest posts, Isla & Pickle, Kate McLelland

It’s official – our favourite Shetland pony is back! Today is the first stop on Kate McLelland’s blog tour, which is celebrating the return of Isla an …

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#FlorisDesign meets Melanie Mitchell

Posted on 15/06/18 in Design and Illustration, Guest posts, Illustrators, Melanie Mitchell, Three Craws

Sung throughout Scottish homes up and down the country, classic rhymes and traditional tunes make for fun, interactive stoytime sessions. Some of them …

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Illustrating Children’s Crime Fiction

Posted on 16/10/17 in Design and Illustration, Fun Stuff, Guest posts, Illustrators, Top-Secret Grandad and Me, Uncategorized

In our latest #FlorisDesign interview we spoke to Spanish illustrator, Laura Aviñó, about illustrating children’s crime fiction in David MacPhail’s ne …

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Guest Post: Top-Secret Sidekicks by David MacPhail

Posted on 14/07/17 in Guest posts, Top-Secret Grandad and Me

Many great detectives have a sidekick, or work in a team. Think Mulder and Scully, Charlie’s Angels, Scooby Doo and his gang, and loads more! Read on …

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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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Guest Blog – Telling stories through poetry by Louise Greig

Posted on 16/03/17 in Guest posts, Uncategorized

Spring-time is always a busy one at Floris HQ with lots of new books being published. In today’s guest blog post, Aberdonian author Louise Greig talks …

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“Why do we read scary books?”

Posted on 31/10/16 in Guest posts

“Why do we read scary books?” I ask the children in the school hall on my visits to talk about Shadowsmith. “Because it’s exciting!” “It makes us feel …

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Gangin on a Word Hunt: translating the sounds of a classic into Scots

Posted on 17/08/16 in Books, Guest posts

by Susan Rennie There are many magical things about Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic picture book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: the hypnotic …

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What Makes Greenock Famous?

What’s Greenock Famous For?

Posted on 26/05/16 in Author Interviews, Guest posts

There’s something in the Greenock water! With three wonderful authors from this West Coast town, we decided to ask them what makes Greenock famous and …

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Guest Blog: Reading makes you better at football!

Posted on 19/05/16 in Guest posts

Danny Scott, author of the Scotland Stars F.C. series and goalie for Scotland Writers F.C. tells us why reading is important for football and other sp …

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Guest Post: Learning Scots with Mike Nicholson

Posted on 14/04/16 in Guest posts

Have you had a blether with anyone recently? Do your lugs get cold in the winter when you don’t wear a hat? Do you feel wabbit at the end of the day? …

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Skye the Puffling

Guest post: Cute baby animals by Lynne Rickards

Posted on 24/03/16 in Guest posts

When the main character of your picture book is a baby puffin who grows up, you’ve got a bit of a problem. Skye the Puffling starts as a fluffy little …

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