AddThis SmartLayers

Regional journalist turned circus ringmaster writes book on art

A former regional daily journalist who also worked as a circus ringmaster has written her first book on art.

Boo Paterson, who worked at the Glasgow Evening Times, has written Papercut This Book, which serves as a guide to crafting sculptures from paper.

Boo, who divides her time between New York, Glasgow and Dundee, began working as an artist full-time after a post-journalism career which saw her work in music management and later at a circus.

The book teaches readers how to bring to life a variety of animals, from tigers to sloths, kangaroos to orangutans – partly inspired by the local wildlife Boo encountered on her travels around the world with the circus.


Boo, pictured above, told the Evening Times: “I’d always loved art – I won the dux at school for it, I was supposed to go to art school but everyone told me there was no money in it.

“Back then you were never encouraged to consider the arts as a career, so my second best subject was English, and I decided to become a journalist.”

Since her career switch, Boo has featured at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art exhibition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the 2016 World Illustration Awards.

She added: “I’m really excited about the book coming out – it’s being released here on August 10, and in America on September 5.