New book explores colour and tweed

Malcolm Campbell signs a copy of his book at the Harris Tweed Hebrides shop
Malcolm Campbell signs a copy of his book at the Harris Tweed Hebrides shop

CBeebies has already aired a film and more animation and phone apps are being researched for a new children’s educational book.

The book ‘Weaver of a Life in Colour’, has been created around the Blackhouse Cottages on Lewis and Harris Tweed and is aimed at children aged four to eight years, teaching them about the art, the craft and the emotion of colour.

Already the book has made it into 500 Primary schools, with 50 in the Western Isles, but author Malcolm Campbell highlights more ambitions for the project, saying: “I am working with SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists, who sponsored the project) to get the book into every Primary school in the UK, a total of over 22,000.”

Even Prince George of Cambridge has a copy, as Malcolm sent the gift of a book to Buckingham Palace and received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty the Queen.

A book signing event was hosted by Malcolm at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Harris Tweed shop in Stornoway recently.

The event highlighted the work already done in the Islands as the book has been placed in every Primary School and Library in the Outer Hebrides.The Harris Tweed Hebrides shop will also have copies for the sale.

“We are launching a colouring competition to introduce the book to all children in all Primary Schools in every local authority in Scotland and England,” continued Malcolm.

He also has three other books written to be published in September, December and March to educate children further about colour, textiles, the environment, the moon, tides, and protecting the planet.

He described how they may look at having the book translated into Gaelic, but in the meantime he would also like to see it launched overseas.

He said: “It teaches children about art, history, geography, as well as colour and if we leave it in English - in case it does go abroad - then they can also learn about English.”

To get a taste of what the book is all about check out the CBeebies story ‘Malcolm the Weaver’ currently on Youtube. It’s a 15-minute story featuring Malcolm and his children Aiden and Zoe’s visit to Lewis to tell the story of the book, filming at local beaches, Harris Tweed mills, Callanish Stones, and Lews Castle.

Malcolm highlighted the support of Education Scotland and Scottish Enterprise with the book, whilst Creative Scotland are helping to develop the book in to app and animation.

In the meantime you can pick up a copy of ‘Weaver of a Life in Colour’ from Amazon.