Writ­ing a book is child’s play

Tales for grand­chil­dren now on sale

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A Ruther­glen singer has shown he’s got the write stuff - by pen­ning a chil­dren’s book.

Fraser Bruce is known to Clyde fans for be­ing the voice of club favourites Song of the Clyde and One, Two, Three.

The folk singer re­turned to Ruther­glen when he per­formed at the Town Hall last year.

How­ever he’s also writ­ten the Wee Shoo­bie book for kids, and he re­cently read the tale at Calder­wood Pri­mary, the school that two of his young grand­chil­dren at­tend.

He said: “I’ve been drawing the Shoo­bie crea­tures since I was young, I can’t re­mem­ber how it started.

“Now I’ve got six grand­chil­dren, and I wanted to do a book for them. I fid­dled about with it, drawing a page here and a page there, and then when I wanted to get it printed that took some ex­tra time be­cause I’d drawn with crayon rather than paint.

“The story is about a crea­ture called Wee Shoo­bie, who lives in a land filled with hu­mans. He’s won­der­ing why no­body looks like him, and he de­cides to run off and find his own kind.

“He meets an old lady who knows some­body who can help him, and he sets off to find them.”

Fraser, a for­mer Calder­wood and Ruther­glen Academy pupil, en­joyed writ­ing the book and has been de­lighted by its suc­cess.

How­ever, he didn’t pen the tale out of a de­sire for com­mer­cial suc­cess.

He added: “It’s not re­ally a com­mer­cial ven­ture.

“I wanted to do it just as a grand­fa­ther. It says at the start of the book that I could have drawn it over and over again but that was never the in­ten­tion. I wanted it to look like it was drawn on the kitchen ta­ble, to en­cour­age other grand­fa­thers to do the same.

“I’m too old to worry about mak­ing money from it. The grand­kids love it and that’s what it was done for.”

Fraser has now vis­ited sev­eral schools to read from the book.

At the Calder­wood visit he took ques­tions about what had in­spired the tale and a few of the young­sters’ ques­tions left the au­thor need­ing to think on his feet.

He said: “Calder­wood was won­der­ful. They were ask­ing ques­tions although the one that left me on the spot was be­ing asked how they make ba­bies. We de­cided they lay eggs.

“In one school in Stir­ling the teacher thought it would be around 10 min­utes and we ended up do­ing 40 be­cause of all the ques­tions. How do they dance? Do they have girl­friends? Can they play foot­ball?”

Fraser al­ready has the fol­low- up ready to go.

“Book two is writ­ten. The idea for that is that he’s been found and is in his home. They de­cide that the wee ones can’t run way again, so they build a play area where they can have dances, par­ties and things like that.

“The first one has just got the ba­sic Shoo­bie, but the next one will have join­ers, plumbers and they’ll all have their own names.”

To or­der the Wee Shoo­bie book, visit www.weeshoo­bie.co.uk

Write stuff Fraser Bruce and Calder­wood young­sters

Booked up Fraser Bruce has writ­ten and il­lus­trated Wee Shoo­bie

On song Fraser Bruce is best known lo­cally as a mu­si­cian

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