I have written non-fiction for children and adults. This genre of writing started for me shortly after my father died. I began writing a blog entitled Good Grief, which helped me come to terms with my bereavement. I combined nature writing with life writing (or 'memoir') in the blog.
This blog went on to talk about my mother and her struggle with mental illness. The blog was to form the basis for A Place for Everything, my memoir about my mother. It also led to me writing a picture book about the life-cycle of the kingfisher which I combined with a story for children about the death of a grandparent. The book is called Grandpa and the Kingfisher and will be published by Nosy Crow in 2022 and illustrated by the wonderfully talented and acclaimed artist, Sarah Massini. Details to follow.
Soon after writing the blog, I started writing extensively about nature for children. Here are some pages and images from Nature Month-by-Month which I am currently updating for 2022. The amazing artist Elly Jahnz who did the illustrations lives near me in Cornwall so we meet up every so often to talk about work and wild swimming and surfing and seals!
My next picture book, The Wide, Wide Sea will be published by Nosy Crow and the National Trust in July 2021 and is a non-fiction narrative picture book about our relationship with the ocean and our responsibilities to the wildlife that lives there. It was inspired by my swims in the sea.
I love the beautiful pictures, painted by the award-winning artist
Jenny Løvlie. (Løvlie by name, lovely by nature too!)
Praise for Nature Month-by-Month:
"This brilliant and colourful book is packed with engaging, informative and wonderfully varied activities for all the family, and is just the right size for putting in your pocket before you set off on an adventure. An almost bottomless treasure chest of a book to enjoy
the whole year through."
Judges of the ALCS Educational Writers' Award 2019
"Packed full of exciting things to see and do, this children’s almanac is an absolute delight."
North Somerset Teachers' Book Award
"A wonderful gift to treasure and explore over the coming year, this gorgeous nature yearbook will encourage young readers to connect with nature and the world around them."
Allen & Unwin