R. D. Dikstra

R. D. Dikstra

Children's author

Also writes as

Richard Dikstra
07850 896775
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Available for

Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11


Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction narrative, History, Humour, Novelty, Picture book, Travel

Book types

Educational, Fiction for children, Picture book


  • Society of Authors
  • British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA)
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Royal Television Society.


"The children left inspired about conservation."

 Light-hearted, humorous and educational. (Suitable for Key Stage II) 

I am the author of two highly recommended children's series - Tigeropolis and The Adventures of Captain Bobo.

I have extensive experience presenting entertaining and informative talks and workshops at schools, libraries and book festivals across the country having presented at over 60 events in the last 3 years. I have also been interviewed a number of times on television and BBC Local Radio and other local media. 

Tigeropolis is a Middle Grade, illustrated chapter book series, aimed at children aged 7 - 11.

It's humorous, but with a strong underlying message promoting conservation.

A fun story of a family of vegetarian tigers living in the foothills of the Himalayas. The forest is for the 'chop' and they suddenly find themselves having to take charge of the tiger reserve if they are to have a chance to save their beloved forest home.

Drawing on my long time involvement with conservation, the books were inspired by my first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild.


Mostly I am asked to do assemblies but am happy to tailor my time to suit a specific need. There are three themes to my Tigeropolis talks :-

  • Conservation - with a focus on tigers in the wild.
  • The inspiration behind the Tigeropolis story and why I came to write the series.
  • An introduction to the development of characters - with examples of how I created tiger cubs Bittu and Matti, their mother Tala and their wise, old, Uncle Raj.

Children are fascinated by tigers and so my events tend to draw out a lot of questions, which are often a highlight of the day.


The third book in the Tigeropolis series 'Caught in the Trap' was published in April 2019. The first Tigeropolis Activity Book was released in July 2019

For more details on the books and characters see the Tigeropolis website:  http://tigeropolis.co.uk


For Younger Children

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - a Picture Book series aimed at ages 4 plus.

The stories tell of the adventures of Captain Bobo, his comic crew and his wonderful paddle steamer Red Gauntlet.

The stories are beautifully illustrated and based (very loosely) on the adventures of a real life sea captain and a wonderful paddle steamer that is still seen sailing around Britain every year. 



Based in London, I also spend considerable time up in Scotland and am also happy to consider travelling further afield. I would also consider engagements outside the UK. 

I want children to get the most out of any visit and I am more than happy to sign and dedicate copies of my books and would be happy to work with schools to actively promote the books ahead of the event.

Fees - I am very aware of tight school budgets and therefore although I support the Society of Authors' fee recommendations I am also willing to work with schools on the basis of minimum guarantee book sales and can offer discounted sales prices when appropriate. 

I have appropriate Public Liability Insurance through the Society of Authors and hold a valid Disclosure Scotland Cert.



Some recent reviews :-


"The children really enjoyed the visit .... The Author was fantastic with the children .... I would highly recommend a visit "

Literacy Coordinator - Hounslow Town Primary 

"Thank you so much for visiting us at Colinsburgh, the kids had a great time"          

                                                                                                                                                                      Headteacher - Colinsburgh Primary, Fife


"The children (and adults) left feeling inspired and passionate about tiger conservation. We hope to work with you again."

                                                                                                                                                                     St Michaels & St Martins Primary, Hounslow


"I cannot thank you enough ... you are a rare breed. It was a real pleasure to meet you."


                                                                                                                                                                     Head Teacher, St Rose of Lima, Glasgow                                




Books by R. D. Dikstra

Author of two children' book series: - 'Tigeropolis' (ages 7-11) Middle Grade - A fun series about a family of vegetarian tigers running their own wildlife park in the foothills of the Himalayas. 'The Adventures of Captain Bobo' (ages 4 -6) - Picture Book. The comic adventures of a captain, his crew and a magnificent old paddle steamer.

Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

A family of vegetarian tigers have to take charge 
Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

The Tigeropolis story continues as the park reopens 
Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

The third in the Tigeropolis series. The tigers have to outwit a gang of poachers 
The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

Adventures of a West of Scotland Paddle Steamer Captain 
The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

Can the crew of Red Gauntlet come to the rescue of the Thistle?  
Tigeropolis Activity Book

Tigeropolis Activity Book

Lots of fun things to do with tiger cubs Bittu and Matti :- Mazes, Games, Word Puzzles, Code-Breaking, Tiger Facts, Quizes and Colouring. Also features a new comic strip with all your favourite characters telling the story of what happened when a top football scout visited Tigeropolis on holiday. Paperback, 28 pages, printed in full colour. 


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