Margi McAllister

Margi McAllister

Children's author, YA author

Also writes as

Poppy Harris, Margaret McAllister
Booking enquiry
Margi McAllister - author tools

Available for

Workshop, Talk, Interview, Commission a book, After dinner


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Adult


History, Humour, Science fiction

Book types

Fiction for children


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



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.

Books by Margi McAllister

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

The first of The Mistmantle Chronicles - a young squirrel has to save his beloved island from evil forces 


Troubled young Kirsty fights to save an orphaned fawn and protect her family. 

The Summer Lion

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

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

Torpid, Morpid and Vapid are rubbish Vikings and Harald Hairyhand is angry with them. What can they do?