Margaret (also Margi or M I) McAllister

Also writes as Poppy Harris

Children's author, Young adults' author

Available for:
After dinner speaking



Heidelberg Leander Award 2005 for Urchin of The Riding Stars
Shortlisted for The Ottakers Award for Urchin of the Riding Stars
Shortlisted for the Stockport Award for Ghost At The Window

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I love talking about books!  I've done school and 'Gifted and Talented' Workshops, mostly in Yorkshire and the north of England, and can offer workshops, creative writing sessions, and storytelling.  I've done storytelling at the Hebden Bridge Festival and also as part of the Education Team at Hexham Abbey.  All ages from pre-school to adult.

I''ve written retellings of Bible Stories and saints' stories, and in my role as a volunteer at Hexham Abbey I work with children of all ages, telling and dramatising traditional stories.  Animal themed workshops always go down well, too.

I've taught creative writing courses to adults in North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

I'm based in Northumberland, so the north-east is my preferred region, but West Yorkshire is a possibility, as is Cardiff.  I don't rule anything out!  

I'm happy to consider commissions. Contact me if there's something you want to discuss.

Author visit fees are based on Society of Author rates.

I've written over forty books for ages from pre-school upwards - animals, history, humour. The hero is usually is a young character facing struggles with resourcefulness and supportive friends.
Urchin of The Riding Stars (isbn:0-7475-7355-7)
The first of The Mistmantle Chronicles - a young squirrel has to save his beloved island from evil forces
Fawn (isbn:978-1-407131-05-4)
Troubled young Kirsty fights to save an orphaned fawn and protect her family.
The Summer Lion (isbn:978-1-407131-05-4)
The lovely village of Twidings is being taken over by a sinister man. Drina Snapdragon has to stop him with the help of her rescue Lion Jampot and her amazing Fiddlestep cousins.
Fifteen Things Not To Do With A Baby (isbn:978-1-84780-506-5)
Don't leave your new baby in a chocolate shop. Or peg him on the washing line. Beautifully illustrated by Holly Sterling
The Worst Of The Vikings (isbn:0-19-918440-2)
Torpid, Morpid and Vapid are rubbish Vikings and Harald Hairyhand is angry with them. What can they do?
The Society of Authors

Other search criteria:

History and Biography, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult, Educational books

fantasy, animals, wildlife, history, humour, retellings of traditional stories, Bible stories