You are ALL invited – and so are all your friends! Please share 🙂

To celebrate the launch of his new book, The Magical Midwinter Star, Algy is holding a very special Tumblr party on his sideblog @lovefromalgy

When? SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017 and into the wee hours of the next day…

Where? On Algy’s own sideblog @lovefromalgy

What? One of Algy’s famous Tumblr parties with all his Tumblr friends, and lots of fun and fluffy surprises, treats, and special offers connected with his new book 🙂

How to join in? Submit one or more images, or post on your own blog and send Algy a link – your own original work, please. Details below… And of course come along and enjoy the fun on the day, and late into the night 🙂

Submission details…

Submissions can be made at any time from now until the end of the party. Here’s the link to the Submit form again:

Send all your fluffy friends, beautiful images to celebrate midwinter and the magical midwinter star, and any images of – or inspired by – Algy’s new book, The Magical Midwinter Star 🙂

Photographs and art work are both very welcome, but only submit your own work, please.

Or you can post on your own blog and send Algy a link. Please be sure to send him that link, as he won’t necessarily see your post, even if it’s tagged. (Tumblr does not always work as it should…)

It will be a magical celebration… see you there!



Algy is delighted to announce that “The Magical Midwinter Star”, his third illustrated chapter book for children and adults still young at heart, will be published during the coming week. Please read the notes below about delivery times during the holiday season.

This book is especially suitable for Christmas and other midwinter holidays, and Algy will be posting details of how to order signed copies of the book in the next couple of days, as well as a preview of the book on his web site. Watch this space for further information 🙂

Readers of Algy’s previous books may be interested to know that this new book is similar to his first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” in length, style and reading age, but with a quite different story, of course, and it introduces some fun new characters as well as including his old friends. And it has a very happy ending 🙂

*** Algy’s MIDWINTER STAR TUMBLR PARTY will be held over the Hogmanay/New Year weekend*** – more details soon! But if you want the book for Christmas, please read on…

Algy does not yet know exactly which day he will receive printed copies of the book to sign, but he is hoping it will be the end of the week, Friday 16th, which is the official publication date.

Delivery to addresses in the UK: Algy is hoping to get SIGNED copies to you in time for Christmas 🙂 He will post further details about this very soon.

Delivery to western Europe: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas. SIGNED copies will probably reach you between Christmas and the New Year but might possibly arrive in time for Christmas.

Delivery to addresses in the USA: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas but this is not guaranteed. SIGNED copies cannot reach you in time for Christmas and are likely to arrive around the New Year.

Delivery to addresses outside the UK, western Europe and the USA: Algy will be happy to send you SIGNED copies, but sadly he cannot deliver them in time for Christmas. They are likely to reach you early in the New Year.

Reviewers of Algy’s second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” will automatically receive copies of his new book 🙂

Please send Algy a message if you think you would like to get a copy of his new book in time for Christmas, or have any questions at all 🙂

At midwinter, in the shortest, darkest days of the year, the Atlantic gales continued to rage. Algy took cover in the shelter of the rocks and watched the sea seething and churning all around him. The air was thick with mist and spray, and the world had turned entirely grey; it was hard to remember the lovely colours of spring and summer now. For many weeks past, the wind had almost never stopped howling, and the rain had almost never stopped pouring – if you can call water travelling horizontally at high speed “pouring”.

But Algy knew that the world would turn again, and if he could just find a sufficiently sheltered spot to protect him from the excesses of the winter storms, the days would soon start to get longer and lighter, the flowers would begin to peep out from among the grasses on the dunes, and eventually it might even stop raining and blowing quite so vigorously…

Happy Midwinter, everyone, and if you should happen to live in a stormy place, as Algy does, he hopes that you have a nice, warm, cosy spot to shelter in xoxo

It was nearly midwinter now, and the West Highland days were very short and heavily overcast; by early afternoon the light was already growing dim. The wind continued blowing relentlessly, and although it was not as wild as it had been, it was quite strong enough to constantly ruffle Algy’s feathers and blow sand into his eyes. He looked for a sheltered spot out of the wind, but there was none to be found. So Algy settled on a rock which was less exposed than some of the others, and sat there quietly listening to the sea ebb and flow around him as darkness fell.