Thum­ble Tum­ble puts Ar­ran on the sto­ry­book trail map

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Au­thor An­gela Proc­tor’s books in the Thum­ble Tum­ble se­ries, which are based on Ar­ran, have been in­cluded among a list of lit­er­ary land­marks in a new map is­sued by VisitS­cot­land.

Scot­land’s Sto­ry­book Trail is a col­lec­tion of chil­dren’s char­ac­ters and sto­ries with con­nec­tions to Scot­land ei­ther by au­thor, by lo­ca­tion or by ex­pe­ri­ence.

The trail, which is out­lined on the bright and col- our­ful map, in­cludes the char­ac­ters Harry Pot­ter, Peter Pan, The Gruf­falo, Peter Rab­bit, The Howlat and Greyfri­ars Bobby, as well as Thum­ble Tum­ble.

Au­thor An­gela told the Ban­ner: ‘I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that the Thum­ble Tum­ble book se­ries has been se­lected from hun­dreds of books to be in­cluded in the won­der­ful VisitS­cot­land Sto­ry­book Trail.

‘The trail was de­vel­oped to cel­e­brate Scot­land’s links with chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and I am truly hon­oured to see my ex­tra­or­di­nary lit­tle witch from the mag­i­cal Isle of Ar­ran along­side le­gendary Scot­tish char­ac­ters such as Katy Morag, The Gruf­falo and, of course, Harry Pot­ter.

‘As a fairly new au­thor, you can imag­ine how amaz­ing it felt for me to see my name along­side writ­ing icons, Ju­lia Don­ald­son, Mairi Hed­der­wick and J K Rowl­ing.

‘This is a fan­tas­tic project from VisitS­cot­land which will en­cour­age lots more ad­ven­tures around Scot­land and maybe even con­jure up the next era of writ­ers, es­pe­cially in this, Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple.’

Fea­tured lo­ca­tions on the trail map in­clude Brod­ick Cas­tle and Lochranza Cas­tle where Thum­ble Tum­ble’s first two mag­i­cal ad­ven­tures were set; the Isle of Coll, the in­spi­ra­tion of Katie Morag’s fic­tional home on the Isle of Struay; the Scot­tish Owl Cen­tre in West Loth­ian where readers can meet some of feathered friends, sim­i­lar to those that fea­ture in the Harry Pot­ter se­ries; and Bir­nam Arts in Perthshire, the re­gion that in­spired Beatrix Pot­ter’s fa­mous cre­ations.

Gor­don Smith, VisitS­cot­land re­gional di­rec­tor, said: ‘A great story has to have great char­ac­ters and that’s what in­spired Scot­land’s Sto­ry­book Trail.

‘We wanted to cre­ate some­thing, as we cel­e­brate the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018, that en­cour­ages book-lovers of all ages to dis­cover the places and peo­ple be­hind these fa- mous fic­tional friends.’ The Scot­tish Sto­ry­book Trail map can be found at www. visits­cot­land.com and at se­lected VisitS­cot­land iCen­tres, as well as book­shops and li­braries across the coun­try.

Au­thor An­gela Proc­tor.

The Scot­tish Sto­ry­book Trail map, which in­cludes Ar­ran among the lit­er­ary land­marks.

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