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Author of the Month

Skye McKenna

Skye McKenna grew up in a mining town in the Australian outback. Surrounded by the red dust of the Pilbara, she developed a healthy respect for wild things and wild places at a young age. Seeking adventures of her own, she travelled to the UK and fell in love with the British countryside.

Skye now lives in Scotland and works for a heritage charity, with whom she recently curated the Magic & Mystery exhibition for Barley Hall, York, introducing visitors to real and legendary wizards and alchemists and developing activities for school children and families visiting the exhibition. When she’s not reading and writing, she goes looking for stories in the hills and forest of her new home, as well as exploring the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, horse-riding and growing herbs and vegetables in her allotment.

Skye McKenna’s children’s debut Hedgewitch launches in April 2022, the first book in a five-book middle-grade fantasy series described as ‘fresh yet classic, enchanting and intensely human, with the most satisfying (and surprising) five-book story arc’.

Skye's Brilliant Debut

Hedgewitch - Skye McKenna

Cassie Morgan has run away. After seven years spent waiting for her mother to return, she flees her dreary boarding school and sets out to find her.

But the world outside her school is full of hidden magic and children have been going missing. With the help of a talking cat and a flying broom, Cassie escapes to the enchanted village of Hedgely.

There she will begin her training in the practical skills of witchcraft with the Hedgewitch, who watches over the Hedge, the vast forest that marks the border between England and Faerie.