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‘Forever Lands’ – documentary on children’s writing in Scotland

By - Richard - 8th June 2023

Inspired by the rich history of modern children’s literature in Scotland, with classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan still captivating imaginations and inspiring numerous adaptations worldwide, ‘Forever Lands’, a new documentary that Swift Films has just produced, outlines the growth of Scottish writing and publishing for children.

The film features interviews with writers and publishers currently working in Scotland, shedding light on the development and impact of the sector.

Commissioned by Publishing Scotland, the film is written and presented by Jamie Crawford and was produced and directed by Richard Nicholls.

The writers and publishers featured, in order, are James Robertson, Mairi Kidd, Maisie Chan, Katy Lockwood-Holmes, Theresa Breslin, Joan Haig, and Alastair Chisholm.

The film premiered at the Scottish Book Trade Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 18 May 2023.

‘Forever Lands’ is the third documentary we have produced for Publishing Scotland, after ‘Dark Travellers: The Rise of Scottish Crime Writing’ and ‘Second Nature – new nature writing from Scotland’.

Filming on location by the Robert Louis Stevenson Statue in Colinton, Edinburgh
About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).