Author visits Broch Academy

Author Gillian Philip who visited Fraserburgh Academy recently.
Author Gillian Philip who visited Fraserburgh Academy recently.

A Scottish author made a special visit to Fraserburgh Academy recently.

Gillian Philip, who is a full-time writer of young adult fiction, met with groups of pupils as part of World Book Week 2013. Gillian is a prolific writer in a number of genres including crime, fantasy and horror.

The author spoke to three groups of S1 to S3 pupils about her writing and where she gets ideas from. Gillian also gave a reading from one of her more recent titles from the Rebel Angels series and took part in a question and answer session and a book signing.

Gillian’s books include dystopian mystery novel Bad Faith, Crossing The Line (a gritty story of teenage gangs) and The Opposite of Amber, a murder story set in a Scottish seaside town. She is also the author of the Rebel Angels series, a fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands. The first three of these books - Firebrand, Bloodstone and Wolfstone - have been published.

Gillian ghostwrites fiction for the successful book packagers Hothouse and Working Partners, and has written short educational novels for Evans Brothers including Life of the Party, Mind’s Eye, Sea Fever and Cyber Fever. Her books have been published in Germany, Turkey and the United States.

Gillian Philips lives in the North-east highlands of Scotland with her husband, twins and many animals.

Commenting, Network Librarian Elaine Robertson said: “Gillian’s visit was very entertaining and informative. Pupils went away with a smile on their faces and their heads filled with many ideas about story writing. The evaluation sheets completed by the pupils were extremely positive and certainly encouraging for library staff to continue arranging more talks at the school.

“We sold a good number of her books on the day and many were borrowed from library stock as the pupils were very keen to start reading her novels. Talks are a great way to encourage pupils to read more and seeing the author in the flesh is a great way to enthuse them. We are also very grateful to the Scottish Book Trust who part fund these visits and enable us to have visits on a regular basis.”