The Voice caught up with children’s author Alison Page who is looking forward to her next book being published in September.
“Corrie’s Curling Capers” is the third book written in the Corrie’s Capers series by Alison Page and Tony van Breugel has come on board as illustrator for this latest story.
Corrie, the Westie Fest champion (book 1), is invited to open the Caledonian Canine Curling Club bonspiel but she’s off to a slippery start with no ice rink on Arran.
After talking with her Papa, Corrie discovers curling was played on the island 200 years ago. Some family members left Arran around the time of the Clearances and Corrie still has cousins living in Canada who play curling for their national team.
A Westie family reunion in Glasgow allows time for sightseeing, curling practise and a sail down the Clyde to Arran - via Ailsa Craig, of course!
Alison told the Voice, “I am super excited to have Corrie’s third caper ready for publication albeit a tad tricky launching in the midst of a global pandemic. Although Corrie’s Curling Capers is a children’s picture book I think it has something for everyone, hopefully appealing across all generations.”
Alison has had a great time writing the Corrie books but said that sadly without the real Corrie with us anymore it may be the last one, “Now [the real] Corrie has crossed the rainbow bridge, I think this is likely to be the last book in the Corrie’s Capers series.”
Alison Page lives on Arran with her husband John. They have 5 children and she is “Granny Island” to Sebastian and Dougie. Alison has drawn her ideas for the Corrie’s Capers series from her own West Highland Terrier, who reached the ripe old age of 15. A church elder, Alison leads the children’s Sunday School and is involved with puppet ministry through Messy Church. She is the island Ambassador for the charity Mary’s Meals and donates profits from this book series to feed chronically hungry children in a place of education. Alison’s first two books have been warmly received in schools, nurseries and at library events.
She was thrilled to be invited to read “The Tattoo Toorie” at BigWig, the children’s programme of Wigtown Book Festival, in 2019. Leading a steering group under the umbrella of Arran Theatre and Arran Trust, Alison is planning the first children’s Book Festival to be hosted on Arran. Originally scheduled for Sept 2020 it is now postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The book will be available online and in selected good book shops (see where in Arran on the map below) and from the Voice for Arran website.
Good luck with your new book from the Voice Alison! We are looking forward to reading it in our household!