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James Robertson & Kate Leiper

The Book of the Howlat

21 May - 21 May 2022

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James Robertson & Kate Leiper - 'The Book of the Howlat'

Believing himself to be ugly, a young owl (howlat) seeks help from the most handsome bird of all, the peacock.

Howlat asks for peacock's help so that Nature can change him. But the peacock isn't sure this should be done - after all, Nature doesn't usually make mistakes - and summons a council of birds to make a decision. A huge feast takes place, and Nature herself appears and orders all the birds present to give the owl one of their feathers. But the result is not what they expect. The howlat's initial joy turns to unbearable arrogance at his new-found beauty, and drastic action must be taken ...

'a powerful hymn to being 'true to yer ain nature', magnificently illustrated by Kate Leiper'.
-Vicky Allan (Sunday Herald-Best Reads of 2016)


James Robertson is one of Scotland's most significant writers, whose novels include Joseph Black (winner of the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year 2003/2004),and News of the Dead, featured at this year’s Birnam Book Festival. He is general editorof the Scots children’s book imprint Itchy Coo, and has translated classic children’s novels into Scots.


Kate Leiper is an artist and illustrator who regularly exhibits and undertakes commissions throughout the UK. She is particularly drawn to mythical and animal subjects and haspreviously worked onIllustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy TalesandAn Illustrated Treasuryof Scottish Mythical Creatures. In 2022, Kate became our Illustrator in Residence.

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Sunday 4th December

We're really sorry but due to staff shortages the cafe will only be serving Tea, Coffee and Cakes today.

The Gift Shop, Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Gallery Exhibition are open as usual.