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Debut author visits 22 bookshops and libraries in 22 hours

Local children’s author Louisa MacDougall has celebrated the launch of her first book with a race-against-the-clock tour of 22 libraries and bookshops in the west of Scotland.

Louisa, whose debut Rory and the Snack Dragons was released earlier this month, was joined by her children who were dressed up as characters from the book.

“I’ve had a wonderful time launching my book locally and meeting children at Sir E Scott School, Leverhulme Memorial School and Stornoway Primary,” said Louisa, who lives in the Bays of Harris “but with a young family, it isn’t easy to get to events on the mainland – so we decided to pack as many visits as we could into one trip – and the Dragon Dash challenge grew from there.”

“There are 22 dragons in the story of Rory and the Snack Dragons, so we popped into 22 libraries and bookshops – to make it more fun, we added a ticking clock!” 

During the ‘Dragon Dash’ the family visited venues in six local authorities, hid over 50 origami dragon bookmarks and travelled by ferry, underground, car, and on foot.

The challenge has a fundraising element, in support of the Scottish Book Trust, and marked Bookbug Week last week. 

“As a family, we’ve benefited hugely from local Bookbug (song, rhyme and story) sessions and book packs and have really seen the impact the Trust’s work has in communities. Their appeal aims to get books into the hands of children who don’t have any – and we think that is an amazing cause to support through our story-themed silliness,” says Louisa.

Rory and the Snack Dragons (illustrated by Giulia Cregut and published by Little Door Books) is a story about a dragon who likes to eat bicycles and a princess who loves to ride them. It is the first of three books Louisa is releasing this summer. The others are the Highland Cowgirl, a picture book about a Scottish girl who dreams of the Wild West and the Great Auks Great Escape, which is set on St Kilda and based on a true story about the adventures of one of the last of the now-extinct seabirds.

Find Louisa on @roaringreads (Twitter), Louisa MacDougall Author (Facebook), and louisamacdougall (Instagram).



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