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Mairi Hedderwick

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Hedderwick taught art at primary before illustrating children's books. As author and illustrator, her most popular character, Katie Morag, was created in 1984. Katie Morag's home on the fictional Isle of Struay is not a million sea miles away from the island of Coll where her own offspring had their early childhood.

Mairi Hedderwick

Mairi Hedderwick

Mairi Hedderwick has written and illustrated other books for children and adults.  Her adult books are illustrated personal journeys; all with the backdrop of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Stirling University in 2003 in recognition of her 'outstanding contribution to writing and illustration in Scotland, especially for children.'

Reading List:

Katie Morag series - in particular 'Katie Morag and the Dancing Class'


“I didn‘t wait to be invited back, I invited myself, in fact that‘s why I wrote another book”

BOOKMARK is better than most because it is superbly well organised, you look after me so well and because you, as a community, are so interested in books. I feel you actually want to hear what I have to say It‘s a marvellous event.  I will be back again if I can think of another book to write.

Martin Bell

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