Janis Mackay - Award-winning children’s author
Here you’ll find out about my books, storytelling sessions and, among other things, what Flora my collie dog is getting up to. You’ll also find out about my work as a voice and creative writing teacher, and how I used to live by the sea in the far north of Scotland and now live by a river in Edinburgh. Since winning the Kelpies prize in 2009 with my novel – Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest I have been on a wonderful sea, shore and seal adventure. I have visited over one hundred primary schools talking about being a writer and – more importantly – guiding pupils in imaginative writing workshops so they can write their own stories. I now have three Magnus Fin books, all published by Floris books, Edinburgh, www.florisbooks.co.uk and my latest book – ‘The Accidental Time Traveller,’ won the Scottish Children’s Book Awards!!! Click on the link to see a short promotional film. Hope you enjoy it! http://youtu.be/7JyYRFicl-0 The sequel to this book – The Reluctant Time Traveller is now out. Here Saul journeys back to 1914….to save the den and find out about WW1!
I am delighted to have my very own picture book for little ones. It is called ‘The Wee Seal,’ and based on a true story of when a seal pup was born in my front garden. I am also very happy to have a re-telling of a traditional tale. It is called ‘The Selkie girl‘ with beautiful illustrations by Ruchi Mahsani. This is a re-telling of the hauntingly beautiful seal-girl story and to celebrate this book and art work there will be an exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 10th Dec 2014 to 10th January 2015.
So hugely happy to have a new book out Spring 2015. It is called ‘Wild Song’ and is published by Piccadilly Press. I wrote the book while living on an island in Finland and this new book is set in that magical land.
I hope you enjoy this site.