Hello, my name is Alex Nye and I write books for both adults and children. I loved writing when I was a child, and in 1981 I won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award, run and judged by the poet Ted Hughes. I still feel thrilled that he read my piece about a biology lesson, and judged it fit to win out of 33,000 entries from across the UK. I studied at King’s College, London, and afterwards did what I love doing best – writing books. I’m also a Creative Writing Mentor with the Scottish Book Trust and Writer in Residence at Castlebrae High in Edinburgh. My first book Chill won Scottish Children’s Book Award (then called the Royal Mail Award). Chill, and its sequel Shiver, published by Floris, are inspired by my time living on Sheriffmuir in a remote cottage during a winter of severe blizzards; they are ghost stories for 9-12 years, good for use in schools, particularly when touching on Scottish history and the Jacobites. I find huge inspiration from Scottish history and the landscape here, which I love. My third book, Darker Ends, is a modern ghost story set in Glencoe, but is interlaced with the historical background of the 1692 Massacre. This is a teen novel, suitable for 11-15 years, although I find that many adults enjoy my fiction as well.
My fourth book, For My Sins, is a historical novel for adults about Mary, Queen of Scots, sitting in her prison cell at the end of her life, stitching her tapestries while being haunted by the ghosts of her past. This would also be useful to History students at Higher, Advanced Higher and University level.
I have just finished writing a novel about Mary Shelley which should hopefully hit shops some time next year…
You can also read about my books on my Amazon Author Page.
I love visiting schools, libraries, book groups and other venues to tell stories and share my passion for books, to give talks or even to chair events. I recently had the pleasure of chairing some amazing authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, including A. L. Kennedy, and Michael Morpurgo. My aim is always to inspire, encourage and enthuse. My events include live candlelit ghost stories together with spooky sounds and images depending on the audience. You can always contact me for an author visit/creative writing workshop/storytelling event/public speaking event.
Why Choose Me?
I am an experienced English teacher and teach English and Creative Writing to 11-18 year olds, including one to one tuition and mentoring of pupils at Higher and Advanced Higher. I have been a Creative Writing Mentor with the Scottish Book Trust, mentoring young people with their creative writing projects culminating in the publication of their own stories, and Writer in Residence at Castlebrae High in Edinburgh.
Contact and Fees
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an author visit/workshop/storytelling event. My fees are usually £175 for an hour session, plus expenses. This is in line with the Society of Authors’ and Scottish Book Trust’s recommended rates.