Kelso-based writer Alasdair Hutton has published a sequel to his highly successful children’s book The Tattoo Fox.
The new book, The Tattoo Fox Makes New Friends, continues the stories about the little Border Fox who has made her home on Edinburgh Castle rock and loves the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The first book, published last year, was the second-best selling children’s book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, outsold only by children’s laureate Julia Donaldson.
“Because the first book did so well, I was asked to write some more stories about the same wee fox”, said Alasdair, who has written and narrated the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for 23 years.
He revealed:“It was fun dreaming up new adventures for the fox and her friend the Castle Cat.”
“This time the fox decides to have a party at the Tattoo and invites the other birds and animals she meets on her adventures.”
Alasdair will be reading parts of the book for children in two sessions at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month, where he will be joined by the book’s illustrator Steven White who is an artist for such famous DC Thomson publications as the Dandy and the Beano.
In addition to writing another book, Alasdair has had an increasingly busy year presenting the first Tattoo in New York for 50 years, the European Brass Band Championships in Perth, a mini Tattoo at Gleneagles, and the Household Division Beating Retreat on Horseguards Parade in London.
As well as this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, later in the year Alasdair will present another three mini-Tattoos in Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee, a new Highland Tattoo at Fort George, near Inverness, a Military Music Extravaganza in Germany, and several concerts to raise money for injured ex-servicemen.
Alasdair served as a TA Paratrooper with the former Scottish Battalion of the Parachute Regiment and wrote an anecdotal history of the Battalion in 1997.
Alasdair was formerly MEP for the South of Scotland and Convener of Scottish Borders Council.