Chae Strathie grew up in the beautiful World Heritage village of New Lanark in central Scotland. When he left school he moved to Edinburgh to study film and photography, but dropped out after a year because he kept chopping people’s heads off in photographs (not literally).
Shortly after leaving college, Chae landed a job as a reporter with Scottish newspaper institution, The Sunday Post - home of 'Oor Wullie' and 'The Broons'. These days he works as a sub-editor for the same paper. And no, he doesn't sit on a bucket. Or wear dungarees.
Chae has written several picture books for children including 'My Dad' and 'The Tickle Tree' (both published by Meadowside); and 'The Loon on the Moon' and 'The Fabulous Flapdoodles' (both published by Scholastic and illustrated by Emily Golden). 'The Loon…' was short-listed for the Scottish Children's Book Award and won the Dundee Picture Book Award in 2012. 'Ping!' (illustrated by Marion Lindsey) was published by Scholastic in June 2012 and his latest picture book, 'Jumblebum' (Scholastic), a fabulously funny cautionary tale for untidy folk, illustrated by the mighty Ben Cort was published in January 2013.
Chae's popular live events are a mad mash-up of reading, singing, drawing, fun and daftness. He plays guitar and harmonica, badly but enthusiastically, annoying the neighbours in a small coastal village in Fife where he lives with his wife Corinna, daughter Eilidh, a one-eyed cat, two two-eyed cats, a goldfish (full complement of eyes also) and numerous uninvited spiders (eyes: lots).