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Room on the Broom in Scots

18th August 2014

Children and parents too will be eager to read the newly published Room on the Broom in Scots which was launched by Black and White Publishing in Edinburgh on 14 August. The book is a translation by Angus-born author James Robertson from the original story by Julia Donaldson. It tells the story of a witch, her dog, cat and frog as they speed through the air on a magical broomstick. The story was recently performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival by James, Julia, and illustrator Axel Scheffler. James, who is well known for a number of Scots translations of childrens books in recent years, including The Gruffalo, recently described the translation process to the Sunday Mail (August 3). He said it was like doing a crossword. When you get stuck, you go away, and then come back with fresh eyes. He also added how important it was that children got to hear, read, and speak Scots from as early an age as possible.

The book is priced 6.99 (ISBN 978 1 84502 7537) and is published by Black and White Publishing, Edinburgh. For more information please contact Laura Nicol at or phone 0131 635 4500.