First Aid for Fairies
and other Fabled Beasts

”And the best bit is...” Helen flicked a few pages back in the book, ”the best bit is, this isn’t some fairy tale like Cinderella that could come from any country. This one is set in Scotland...”

First Aid for Fairies and other Fabled Beasts

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts is an exciting race through Scotland‘s most magical landscapes, from the legends of the Borders hills, up to the ancient stones of Orkney and finally down to the city under Edinburgh‘s streets.

Helen has absolutely no interest in becoming a vet like her mother. So when she opens the door one night to find an injured horse in the garden, she just wants to get rid of him as fast as possible. Only this horse isn‘t entirely normal. Nor are his friends.

Helen‘s curiosity about this extraordinary group of beasts from fable and legend leads her to help them in their urgent quest to find the lost Book before the Winter Solstice. But the young fabled beasts are being pursued by another creature from darker legends, the Master of the Maze, who wishes to use the Book to destroy their world.

In three long nights of danger and excitement, Helen uses her Mum‘s first aid kit, her quick mind for riddles and her skill with the violin to help the fabled beasts in their quest.

But who will help Helen when she comes face to face with Master of the Maze?

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts, published by Floris Books,
suitable for 8-12 years, published March 2008, ISBN 978-086315-636-6

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Saturday 5th September
Braidburn Park, Edinburgh

Community fundraising event for Friends of Braidburn Valley Park
Wolf Notes storytelling
2.15 pm – stories for all ages
3.00 pm – stories for over 8 years

Tuesdays 8th and 15th September
Electric Tales

I’ll be taking part in a project linking storytelling with stand-up comedy
This is NOT an event suitable for children!
8th September 8.30pm
The Stand, York Place, Edinburgh
Tickets from 0131 558 7272
15th September 7.30pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh
Tickets from 0131 556 9579

Saturday 26th September
Dundee Reads!

Steps Theatre, Central Library, Dundee
Storytelling and book readings, with plenty of wolves, dragons, monsters and magic 2.30 pm
Further information soon

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Riddling Workshop

Imagine trying to answer a riddle, knowing that your life depends on getting the answer right! Many traditional stories (and First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts) contain riddles that the heroine or hero has to answer to get out of danger or win their heart's desire. I wonder if you can answer my favourite riddles, and what fiendish mind-twisting riddles we can create together.
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Fabled Beasts

The young fabled beasts and the terrifying villain in First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts were inspired by ancient myths and legends. I can tell those fabulous old stories, and inspire you to dream up your own legendary beasts.
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Traditional Storytelling

Tam Linn is a wonderful Scottish fairy tale from the Borders, which inspired a night-time battle in First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts. I can tell you the story of Tam Linn, but I can also tell stories from all parts of Scotland. I might even have one or two from your area!
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