As the nights draw in it’s traditional to gather round the fireside to hear scary stories and one Wigtown based storyteller has rewritten a story from a spooky old Scottish tale.
Renita Boyle has been telling the story of the ‘Strange Visitor’ for some years but now the words have been added to amazing images by artist Mike Abel to create an unusual book for primary school children.
The dark tale sees a strange visitor arriving at the home of a feisty old woman who lives alone with her cat. One stormy night a creature arrives bit by bit so no one quite knows what it’s going to look like or why it’s visiting the old lady.
Jayne Baldwin, co-director of the publisher Curly Tale Books, said: “When we saw some of Mike’s early ideas we knew we wanted to publish it. The gothic style perfectly fits with the graphic novel format of the book he has created and he has deftly woven words from the Renita’s oral storytelling into the images. We also love that the old lady is no pushover and there’s a fantastic twist at the end!”
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