Project Description

Lindsay Littleson – Secrets of the Last Merfolk

Live Event – Primary 5 – 7

  • 24th February AM & PM
    • 11 AM – Linwood Library 
    • 1:30 PM – Johnstone Library 
  • 25th February AM & PM
    • 11 AM – Ferguslie Library 
    • 1:30 PM – Renfrew Library 

Lindsay Littleson began writing for children in 2014 and won the Kelpies Prize for her first children’s novel The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean. Its sequel, The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean, was published two years later and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns came out in 2019 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel, Secrets of the Last Merfolk, was published by Floris Books in July 2021. Littleson also enjoys historical research and has written historical novels including  A Pattern of Secrets, set in Victorian Paisley, and The Titanic Detective Agency. Her latest novel with Cranachan Books, The Rewilders, is coming out in March 2022.

Lindsay will read from her new novel Secrets of the Last Merfolk,  which is set on the Ayrshire coast and explores Scottish myths and the ecological implications of a potential new harbour development on the local area. Lindsay will discuss the themes of the book including gender stereotyping, coping with sadness, and accepting change, and have a Q & A with the children.

Book an Event 

All events are free to schools.  We can accommodate one class at each event (maximum 30 pupils)

If your local library is hosting events please select an event from your local library.  If your local library is not hosting an event or you are not situated near a library,  please select an event from the library that is closest to you.  (Bus hire costs can be reimbursed to schools who are situated more than one mile from where a library event is taking place.)

Email  with the subject heading – Paisley Book Festival Schools Programme Bookings – Name of Event

Please provide the following information in the email:

  • Name of your school.
  • Class participating including number of pupils (maximum 30 pupils) and name of teacher and contact email.
  • If you will require costs of bus hire to be reimbursed.

Closing date – Monday 24th January at 5pm. 

We will select a school at random and inform you week beginning 24th January if you have been successful.  The library will provide copies on loan of the author’s books for the teacher to use in advance,  and can recommend classroom resources if available.

Lindsay Littleson