Thumble Tumble puts Arran on the storybook trail map
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.