Follow That Scent by Julian Armitstead

A story of curiosity and calling..

A boy discovers a mysterious scent – with amazing consequences for everyone.

“A book to stimulate thought and discussion.”  – Colin Brabazon

“Infused with an infectious sense of adventure and imagination, Julian Armitstead’s story and Sarah Hoyle’s illustrations are both characterful and richly sensory, and both also radiate the warmth of spring as well as a sense of adventure.” – Joanne Owen

Illustrated by Sarah Hoyle

Find out more about Julian’s other book ‘The Runaway Clothes’


I’m an Oxford based playwright (brought up in West Africa), storyteller and teacher. I write plays, with a particular interest in contemporary social issues.

My best known work is “After the Accident”, a play about Restorative Justice. Published by Methuen and commissioned by BBC Radio R4 in a production starring Jack O’Connell and Lia Williams, it won Amnesty International’s “Protect the Human” award in 2008.

I also write and tell children’s stories. My picture books “The Runaway Clothes” and “Follow that Scent!” are now available to buy in my online shop as well as Blackwell’s, Daunt Books and other good bookstores! As a storyteller, I work across libraries and schools, and was for several years a writer in residence in a large midlands prison.

I’m also warden at St. Mary & St. Nicholas church in Littlemore, where my wife is vicar.

I hold a PGCE from the London Institute of Education, a post-graduate certificate in acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.

And I’m represented as a playwright by Micheline Steinberg Associates:  [email protected]

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