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Yvonne Banham

I'm a children's author living in Scotland and I write paranormal/fantasy fiction for readers aged 10-14. I'm available for author visits including assemblies, class visits and creative writing workshops, either in person or online. I also have experience chairing events and delivering workshops for adults. Please use the contact form for further details or search the menu for upcoming news, blogs and book reviews.


Teachers: Is your class reading The Dark and Dangerous Gifts of Delores Mackenzie? Use the contact form to enquire about a free 15-minute Virtual Q&A.



'The Dark and
Dangerous Gifts
of Delores Ma

'...a paranormal whydunnit packed with ghouls, shapeshifters and a grumpy gargoyle played out in the dark underbelly of Edinburgh Old Town. Lockwood & Co meets Beetlejuice with tones of Netflix’s Wednesday...'

When Delores Mackenzie is chased home by a restless spirit, she's sent to the mysterious Uncles in Edinburgh Old Town to learn to control her most dangerous of gifts. But can Delores Mackenzie really push back the dead?

For Ages 10+

Illustration Credits: Nathan Collins

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'... a dreamy, involving delight, exerting a charmingly idiosyncratic pull on the reader. While she excels at rendering the domestic unheimlich, she is also brilliant at capturing the simple, comforting pleasures of a hot chocolate, a warm fire and true friends. This is Banham’s first novel and it augurs wonderful things to come.'

Philip Womack 

Literary Review

March 2023



..a delightfully dark fantasy/horror/gothic race against otherworldly menaces. Being set in modern times but neatly nestling in the dark menacing corners of old town Edinburgh and a graveyard gives it a palpable chill. It ably brings together everything I liked about the older TV and movie horror shows, without any of the kitch. 





' creepy you can feel it running its fingers down your spine as you read it. It takes a cold grip on you and just doesn't let go... 

...Prudence's book-selling technique had me absolutely dying of laughter. I know so many booksellers who would love to be able to do that!


A dark and dangerous gift of a novel'

Liam J




Upcoming Events


The Haunted Life of Delores Mackenzie 

Setember 12th 2024

Firefly Press

Click below to visit my page on the Live Literature Site to book school and library events in Scotland.

For all other events, including festivals, please use the contact form in the main menu.

'Gli Oscuri Spiriti Della Libreria Incantata'

Delores Mackenzie's adventures are now available to read in Italian from the wonderful Edizioni EL


About Yvonne Banham

I grew up on Walney, a small island off the coast of Cumbria and spent lots of time huddled on blustery beaches with a book or three. I now write spooky stories for middle grade and teen readers

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