Children’s books are family affair

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A devoted grandfather has joined forces with his talented daughter-in-law to produce some fun, colourful children’s books.

Bearsden man, Sir Roy Cameron (68), started making up stories to entertain his grandchildren, Owen (4) and Juliet (1), when he was looking after them.

Due to constant demands from his grandson for ‘what happens next?’ he started to write them down and develop them.

Then he enlisted help from his artistic daughter-in-law, Jessica Stafford Cameron (31), also from Bearsden, to illustrate the books and they published ‘A Highland Boyhood in Ardnamurchan’ and ‘I Once Had a Chimpanzee’.

They are launching their new book called ‘The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow’ at Oxfam on Byres Road on Saturday, April 25, at 1pm.

Jessica, originally from northern California, met Roy’s youngest son Graham when they were both living in New Zealand. They married in a romantic Scottish ceremony two years later in the historic ruined castle tower at Mugdock Country Park.

Jessica, said: “Roy looks after his grandchildren, Graham’s neice and nephew, quite a lot and has to find ways to keep them occupied.

“He’s always making up songs and rhymes and then began writing stories with them in mind.”

One of Roy’s books tells the fascinating story of his father, Angus Cameron, who worked as head gardener for the waterworks in Milngavie where he raised his two sons Ian and Roy with his wife May.

He was born in a remote area of the Highlands, Ardnamurchan.

Roy said: “This was a narrative about his boyhood in a crofting family.

“My father could only speak Gaelic until he started school in 1914. He could tell a great story and we didn’t want to lose these things so we put it all in the book.

“Then I had the ideas for children’s books which my grandson finds very amusing.”