Jamesie Burns & the Bicycle Thieves is the first in a new series of publications which follow the adventures of Jamesie Burns. The series is a creative venture between Simon Woolley of Hogget Creative, author Ian Barr and illustrator Pete Bell. The series will comprise four new stories, written in English and Scots, which will include many snippets of songs and verse from Robert Burns, as part of the story-telling. Jamesie Burns and the Bicycle Thieves is to be launched on Burns Night – Saturday 25th January 2020 at Waterstones Dumfries, 2pm – 4pm. There will be further issues each Burns Night until 2023, with a new Jamesie Burns story coming out every year.
Local children’s character Jamesie Burns is poised to reappear, sixteen years after his last escapades, in a new heart- stopping adventure. Jamesie Burns and the Bicycle Thieves is a feature length story. Bicycle Thieves tells the breath-taking tale of how Jamesie is caught up in the devilish plan of unscrupulous industrialists, to steal the world’s only working bicycle, invented by local hero Kirkpatrick Macmillan. When Jamesie seeks to protect his friend Pate, he is thrown into the most dangerous situation of his young life. Will Jamesie and Pate survive? Will the only bicycle in the world be saved for Scotland?
The new book also features a detailed biography of Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who invented an early form of the bicycle in the early 1840s, a ground-breaking version of the hobby-horse that took the future of cycling forward significantly. Macmillan hailed from Keir Mill near Penpont, and is one of Dumfriesshire’s greatest sons.
Find out more at Jamesieburns.co.uk