Stuart Reid (children's book author)

Stuart Reid is a Scottish writer and the author of the Gorgeous George series of children's books.

Background

Reid lived in Dubai for two years, working as a manager for the Premier Inn hotel chain.[1] He managed the chain's first hotel outside Britain, a 300-room hotel in Dubai.[2] In 2009 Reid decided to return to Scotland with a plan to make a living writing books for children.[1]

Gorgeous George

Reid's first book Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator, was released in 2011.[2] It is the story of a fictitious town where people go missing, and the main character sets out to find them.[1] Giant Geriatric Generator was illustrated by Calvin Innes.[3]

Innes, then still a student at university, decided not only to illustrate the book but to found a publishing company, My Little Big Town (MLBT), to publish it.[4] The Company was launched in 2011 at the Enterprise Centre of Hull University.[4]

Reid actively promotes his books by speaking at schools and children's events,[1][3][5] and has performed at schools in Dubai,[1][2] Hong Kong[6] and Australia.[7] According to the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, Australia, Reid "has found a clever way to sell more books" by traveling the festival circuit doing funny talks about books and writing for kids.[7] He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.[8][7]

Personal life

Reid lives near Falkirk with his wife and their two daughters.[2]

Gorgeous George books

  • Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator (2011) Published by My Little Big Town
  • Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator (2015) Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Unidentified Unsinkable Underpants Part 1 Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Unidentified Unsinkable Underpants Part 2 Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and his Stupid Stinky Stories Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer (2017) Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Timewarp Trouser Trumpets Published by Gorgeous Garage Publishing
  • Gorgeous George and the Incredible Iron-Bru-Man Incident Due for release on 20th July 2019

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ex-Dubai resident writing his own success story". 7days. 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Croce, Marie (8 December 2014). "Ex-pat ditched sunny Dubai for soggy diapers when he returned home to Scotland to write kids books". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Emma (4 June 2012). "I've made a living out of my doodling: Author and illustrator to hold book signing in city centre". Hull Daily Mail.
  4. ^ a b Lea, Catherine (26 October 2012). "'Huge risk' paying off for illustrator's publishing company: HULL: Turnover predicted to top Pounds 1m in second year". Hull Daily Mail.
  5. ^ "Pupils set for visit from top Scots author (Reid)". Evening Times. 11 September 2012.
  6. ^ "School closures 'for pupils' health', but some parents still unhappy". South China Morning Post. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Piddie, Clare (20 February 2019). "The 'Tiser Fringe Adviser". The Advertiser (Adelaide).
  8. ^ "Edinburgh Fringe: We sent four kids out to review shows". STV News. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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