Room with a view inspires Little Bull book

First time author Rhona Douglas with her brightly coloured childrens book ‘Little Bull on Cow Hill’ in front of the very view that gave her the inspiration to write it. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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Fort William’s Cow Hill and the adventures of its imaginary animal residents are featured in a new children’s book by an Inverlochy author, writes Iain Ferguson.

Rhona Douglas who has looked out on the hill from her Inverlochy home for more than three decades came up with the idea for Little Bull on Cow Hill after a wrist operation left her temporarily dependent on using only one hand.

As she sat in her chair reading from her iPad, she looked up to the hill and the storyline came to her. She started typing, using only one finger.

Despite this, the words flowed and Archie the Bull came to life, with friends Mo, Mairi and Hector the Haggis joining the adventures.

Aimed at nursery to early primary children, the characters feature names from people
in Rhona’s life, Archie, being her grandfather and Mo, after her late sister Maureen.

Rhona has lived in the Highlands of Scotland all her life with her family all living nearby. She was born with spastic paraparesis, which affects her legs but it has never held her back.

She has worked all her life since leaving school in admin, a CCTV operator and
presently as a retail assistant in Morrisons. She started writing the book before the birth of her grandchild Ruaridh  and she is looking forward to reading it to him when he is old enough.

‘The book was already at the publisher when he was born, but I managed to get in a little dedication to him at the last minute,’ said Rhona.

‘I always knew I had a book in me, but just didn’t know what it was.

‘The whole family has been so supportive and my view of Cow Hill every day was an inspiration. I am delighted it has now been published.’

Little Bull on Cow Hill, priced £9.99, is available from Fort William outlets and direct from the publishers Austin Macauley.