I’m a wri160329BH-113ter, puppeteer and teacher living in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. First and foremost, my writing is aimed at children, but I also enjoy dabbling in short stories and Drama. My latest novel is a Victorian boy-on-the-run adventure, Punch. My first novel, Fir for Luck, was published by Cranachan Publishing in 2016. You can find out more about me at http://www.barbarahenderson.co.uk if you like.

I love books, nature’s wild places, history, baking, folk music, old buildings, mosaics, Celtic Christianity, thick woolly jumpers…

Oh yes: And I do have a soft spot for all things puppetry. You have been warned!

Twitter: @scattyscribbler


Nairn Festival Short Story Competition (2012) – Winner

Creative Scotland Easter Monologue Competition (2013) – Winner

Ballantrae Smugglers Festival Short Story Competition (2015): Winner

Pockets Magazine Fiction Contest, US (2015): Winner

Kelpies Prize (2013) : Never Back was one of three shortlisted.

ACW UK Short Story for Children Competition (2014)  – Runner-up

Scottish Association of Writers’ Write Up North 2014:  3rd place.


Punch, my Victorian boy-on-the-run adventure, has just been published! 🙂

Fir for Luck, my historical children’s novel about the Highland Clearances, was out on 21st September 2016.

My work has appeared in the Inverness Courier, the Mearns Leader and Writers’ Forum and I review Highland events for Scottish culture website The Wee Review. My short story Dodging Dog Duty  is published in  Pockets Magazine’s August 2016 issue, and my short story for adults, Try Tomorrow was published in Litro Magazine Online. 

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