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Today we were lucky enough to welcome A.F. Steadman to Merchiston. Annabel is the author of 'Skandar and the Unicorn Thief'-  the first of a series of five novels - which has just been published. Ours was the first school in Scotland that she visited and it was wonderful to welcome three local primary schools - Bonaly, Colinton and St Marks RC - to hear her talk alongside our own students.

In the magical world created by A.F. Steadman, unicorns are far from what we may imagine. These are bloodthirsty and naturally murderous beasts, which can only be tamed by bonding with a young rider. Annabel talked us through the process of creating her first fantasy novel and about her own experience of transitioning from a career in law to become a writer. The children were given the opportunity to ask a lot of different questions, much to the excitement of all participants.

'Skandar and the Unicorn Thief' will be turned into a film, which we cannot wait to watch. A.F. Steadman very kindly stayed on to sign books and talk with her young fans. We are very grateful to her for taking the time to join us at Merchiston for what was an incredibly special Monday morning.

Kirsty Nicholls