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Yvonne Banham
Children's Author


April 6th, 2023

Firefly Press

The Dark and
Dangerous Gifts
of Delores Mackenzie

When Delores Mackenzie is chased home by a restless spirit, she is 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+


For Book Launch news, follow the link in events.

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

Check here regularly for event updates


Children's Literature Festival 2023

Waterfront Museum, Swansea 

October 7th, 4:15

I'll be appearing alongside Eloise Williams and Rebecca F John

Tickets Free Via the link below.

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.


'Don't Look Now! Creating a Bone-Chilling Antagonist.'

An online event for SCBWI Scotland

October 30th, 7-8:30

Click link for booking details


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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