Writing a book is child’s play
Tales for grandchildren now on sale
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