Fringe benefits as TV beckons for Stuart

Author Stuart Reid
Author Stuart Reid
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Falkirk children’s author Stuart Reid could soon be seeing his characters come to life on the silver screen.

The 45-year-old former hotel manager’s writing career has really taken off thanks to his two Gorgeous George novels ‘The Giant Geriatric Generator’ and ‘Zig-Zag Zit-Faced Zombies’.

Now it looks like the exciting and environmentally friendly tales will be immortalised in film and on television.

Stuart said: “I met with the BBC and they were talking about turning the first book into a 13-part series, while an American film company want me to write a script based on the second book and setting it in the US.

“The future is looking very exciting.”

Amongst the readers of his work is one very famous face - JK Rowling herself has apparently read Stuart’s book!

He said: “I heard she read the first book.

“Her PA got in touch and asked if I could send a copy when the second one came out, which I did.

“It’s flattering to be mentioned in the same breath as the creator of Harry Potter as I am a huge fan.”

Stuart will have to balance his script-writing endeavours with his performing duties, since the author has been invited to read some of his work at the Edinburgh Fringe next month.

He said: “I’ll be reading and performing at the Laughing Horse, Free Sisters, in Edinburgh’s Cowgate from August 1 to 25 at 1.15 p.m.

“I’ll introduce my characters, Gorgeous George, Grandpa Jock, Crayon Kenny and all the rest. Who knows what direction my career will take after that.”

And he’s just been snapped up by BBC Learning who have asked him to take part in news-gathering workshops for local school children in their ‘BBC at the Edinburgh Festival’ series.

Stuart got into writing after he returned to Falkirk from managing a hotel Dubai.

He said: “Since I was a teenager, I had the idea in my head for a book about an adventurous boy and his action-hero granddad. I started writing, primarily for my own amusement but also to entertain my
kids who then weren’t into reading.

“Today I’m living the dream. The materialistic lifestyle wasn’t for me. I just want to write and get kids everywhere hooked on reading.””