Have A Whale of a Time on World Book Day!
It’s World Book Day tomorrow, 4th March, and to mark it, we have teamed up with our friend Pauline Mackay, author of the Wee MacNessie books.
We have worked with Pauline since we started A Whale of a Time and Wee MacNessie and the Tartan Spots can be found in our Family Box.
We caught up with Pauline ahead of World Book Day to find out what inspires her and whether we can expect to read more adventures of Wee MacNessie soon.
What inspired you to write Wee MacNessie?
I have lived near Loch Ness for a large part of my life, so the Loch Ness Monster is in my blood! I came up with the idea for my little character whilst living right beside the loch and passing Urquhart Castle every day.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Despite having sold thousands of Wee MacNessie books, I am always thrilled when someone takes the time to tell me how much the stories have been appreciated. Due to the many bilingual versions I have produced, Wee MacNessie is sent to people all over the world. I think I may be a little jealous that my character is better travelled than I am!
What does World Book Day mean to you?
I am a big fan of World Book Day. It is a fantastic way of inspiring children to read. For me, reading is not only magical but educational. I am always looking up new words in a very dog-eared dictionary my Mum gave me a long time ago. Given the difficult time we have all experienced recently, books have been a great way of escaping into wonderful, imaginary worlds.
What’s next for Wee MacNessie?
2022 will be the tenth anniversary of publication of the first Wee MacNessie book, so I am looking forward to celebrating his birthday with some special events. In the meantime, I am busy working on a musical play based on the fourth book in the series, Captain Wee MacNessie, which started life at the Edinburgh Festival and has successfully toured schools in Inverness.
Special reading of Wee MacNessie and the Tartan Spots on World Book Day
Tune in to our social media channels tomorrow at 7pm for a very special reading of Wee MacNessie and the Tartan Spots from Pauline.