Gallus Publications is a Dunfermline firm of three authors (Helen Welsh, Susan Greig and Karen Doherty) which started in February. Its first releases include a murder mystery game, poetry books and five rooshie doo books for values and citizenship.
"Rooshie doo is a Scots word meaning a noisy scramble, a bit of a commotion. We thought it perfectly described the sort of stories we want to write: stories of the past, full of blood and confusion, murder and heroism, fun and fury," says the publisher's website.
The stories are based on historical events seen through a child's eyes. The first titles are Reformed! A story of Jenny Geddes; Murderers! A story of Burke and Hare; Threat! A story of Mary Slessor; Cannibals! A story of Sawney Bean and Accused! A story of Beatrix Laing.
Each tackles a social education issue, such as being blamed for something that was not your fault, being bullied and religious tolerance, and includes notes and a glossary.