Simon is the author of The Baby That Roared. He had a peripatetic childhood (New Zealand, Trinidad, Australia, England, Barbados plus stopovers a-go-go), which seems to have induced in the adult version a tendency to sit tight. But he lives in Edinburgh, so there are mountains of things to see and do on his doorstep – almost literally in the case of mountains themselves. He studied English Literature at Newcastle University, which has come in handy for him not so much as a writer as as a reader (fantastically clumsy but legitimate use of a double ‘as’). Simon has written several books before, including Miss Fox and the Goat and Donkey books, and hopes to write many more – though not too many, he says: just the right number… whatever that may turn out to be.
Oh, and, for the third time, he’s been shortlisted for the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books.