Faclan Òga: Barbara Henderson

Recorded Author talks for Primary Schools

Barbara Henderson: The Chessmen Thief

Suitable for: P4 – P7 English


From the moment 12-year-old Kylan hatches a plan to escape from his Norse captors, and return to Scotland to find his mother, his life becomes a dangerous game. The precious Lewis Chessmen pieces—which he helped carve—hold the key to his freedom, but he will need all his courage and wit to triumph against Sven Asleifsson, the cruellest Viking in the realm. One false move could cost him his life.

Barbara Henderson has woven a thrilling origin story around the enduring mystery of the Lewis Chessmen which were discovered on Lewis in 1831.  In her recorded talk, Barbara will tell you all about how she researched and imagined this story. And being a Drama teacher, she will set some creative dramatic challenges for the class.

Faclan Òga is supported by Scottish Book Trust Live Literature