AN Edinburgh publisher received more complaints about its plans for a book on Tobermory Cat than a book on the Lockerbie bomber.
However,the artist asked to create the colourful new children’s book on Mull’s famous ginger tom,Debi Gliori,has denied copying the story and character from Tobermory artist Angus Stewart,saying it was Hugh Andrew of publisher Birlinn who came to her with the idea.
The award-winning children’s author now hopes next month’s release of her title,The Tobermory Cat,will bring to an end months of controversy that has seen her endure torrents of online abuse from those who believe she stole the concept.
Mr Stewart,meanwhile,recently released his own compilation of some of Tobermory Cat’s most memorable photographs. He continues to dispute Birlinn’s use of a character he claims to have created following the 2010 death of Elvis the Otter,who he filmed and documented online for a year.
For the full story,see The Oban Times,November 1 2012 or on line from the same date at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital