Edinburgh International Book Festival

boardbook_bannercowsI am so delighted to have been invited to do an event at the book festival this year, I can’t wait! My event is this Friday 19 August at 10am. Although it is sold out, I am told you can ring and check for any ticket returns. My event, Scottish Beasties, will be all about celebrating Scotland’s wildlife through reading, art and craft. I have made up Highland Cows for us to decorate and then we will have a ‘best in show’ display with some prize giving. If you are coming I look forward to seeing you soon.

I will post photos after the event, but here is a photo of some event prep and the banner.


Borders Book Festival

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.27.45Blackbird_CoverThis weekend I will be at the wonderful Borders Book Festival in Melrose. I will be reading Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? and after, there will be a craft session where we will make gorgeous flying birds. If you haven’t got tickets yet you should take a look. The fabulous Vivian French will be there along with Cressida Cowell and many, many more. There is also gorgeous food and drink being showcased from across Scotland. I believe the events need to be booked but entry to Harmony Garden is free.

I hope to see you there!

Woodland Alphabet


I am really enjoying working on a diverse range of book projects, pop-up books, board books, and four different craft/make books. However, it does mean my time is limited in terms of self-motivated projects. I am trying to get some done, as it brings me a lot of joy and it sometimes leads to new book ideas. Here is the finished Woodland Alphabet print. I am rather fond of the Fox character, which I named Oscar after, er . . . Oscar! I also have a warm spot for the Bear, who I think slightly regrets the decision to wear a bow tie.

The print will be available in the Finch and Robin shop as well as my Notonthehighstreet shop. If you are visiting Edinburgh anytime soon (the festival is coming!), it will also be in stock in the Red Door Gallery and Curiouser and Curiouser.

Art Swap!! Get your pencils ready . . .

IMG_0073In celebration of Spring’s arrival (any day now, I’m sure!) and Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? publication, I am having an art swap challenge. I am looking for bird-lovers (feathery variety), to draw one of their favourite birds and post it to me. Let me know your postcode and I will send a bird drawing back. You can use pencils, paints, paper, glue, stamps, pens – whatever you fancy. If you want me to draw a particular bird for you, put a note in with your drawing. I’m encouraging people of any age to take part and will keep it going for roughly two weeks and then I will show the results!

So to recap . . .

  • Send your bird art to me: Kate McLelland, 7 Kirknewton Court, Kirknewton, West Lothian, EH27 8BT
  • Include your name, address and age and whether you would like a particular bird send back!

Have fun! I can’t wait to see them . . .


Blackbird’s Book Launch

February has been a bit of a whirlwind. Between briefs, meetings, sick kids, sick me and school visits there was also a launch for Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? The party was held at Blackwell’s children’s department in Edinburgh. The staff were lovely and lots of friends and family came – plus I got to make some new friends! I was very impressed with the birdy knowledge of my young audience, as was Pip. Here are a few photographs of the launch, thanks in advance to my friends and family (who do not know I have pinched some of their photos!!)

Pip is now out there and available to buy . I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed creating it!

A Bunny New Year

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I continued to run Finch and Robin, but I took a break from commissions. I applied my energy to a few hand made Christmas gifts, like this knitted bunny for Elizabeth and doing some very simple sugar sculpting for her birthday cake, also bunny themed! I am also determined to get back into sharing doodles and sketchbook work more regularly. However, every time I set myself a challenge like ‘Doodle a Day’ and ‘Fable Friday’ I get bored and give up. So, after thinking about something more achievable my new goal is ‘Sketchbook Sunday’. For this challenge I only need to share sketchbook work once a week – surely even I can keep this going for a year?! Hmmm . . . we will see what this Sunday brings.

Polar Bear Christmas Cards

CutOutPolar CutOutPolar2It is nice to finally put up a new blog post! The last few months have been spent on projects that I cannot share until next year. However, I have also been working on this year’s festive cut out and make – a Polar Bear and cub. Here they are, now available to buy from my online shops or in the Red Door Gallery and Curiouser and Curiouser.

Floris Books Interview

FamilyThe lovely folks at Floris have just posted an interview I did with them recently, click here to have a read. Oh, and here is one of the photos we took for the occasion. Unfortunatly I am not exactly natural in front of a camera – one of the many reasons I enjoy illustrating from the comfort of a hide-away studio most of the time!

Fable Friday: The Dove and the Crow

Fable1The Dove and the Crow.

A Dove shut up in a cage was boasting of the large number of the young ones which she had hatched. A Crow, hearing her, said: “My good friend, cease from this unreasonable boasting. The larger the number of your family, the greater your cause of sorrow, in seeing them shut up in this prison-house.”

Moral of Aesops Fable: To enjoy our blessings we must have freedom.

Artist Event at Golden Hare Books

scottie_event1 scottie_event2Next Saturday I will be hosting a little artists party at Golden Hare Books. I will be reading There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie (with a little help from my audience) followed by a craft session. Last weekend I got the opportunity to do a joint event with Rebecca Colby at the Wigtown Book Festival and we all made puffins, but this time we will be making little Scottie dogs! Here is a photo of what we will be making and the details of the event are below . . .

11 October 11 am

Golden Hare Books, 68 St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ


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