I grew up in a poor household. University was a place where wealth and clever people went. Both my parents had a basic education, though my mother had learning difficulties, and could hardly write. So education has always been very important to me even though I did badly at school.
I’ve always been in awe of third world countries where their children are willing to walk miles to go to school and work in classes that are no more that a shed, or outside under trees. What’s important to them is they know education will give them freedom, freedom from poverty. When Black Hare Press gave a call out for their Books in Homes charity anthology, Jibbernocky a Lewis Carroll’ themed submission, I jumped at the chance. I really wanted to get my story into this collection for young readers aged 8 to 12.
All profits to Books in Homes (Australia and USA)
Books in Homes is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.
My story Jelly and Ice Cream is the retelling of the mad hatter’s tea party from a boy’s point of view. I was overjoyed by its selection and to find it has been illustrated by Amy Cunningham, adds to my excitement.
My novella, The Funeral Birds is doing well too. I now have 12 reviews on it. All positive so far. I discovered another new one today. Thank you, Gail It was a lovely surprise and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it.
Best wishes all and keep safe. ❤️