“A book is a difficult, raging, sobbing, spitting child."
Jill conceived the idea for her books while commuting on the Underground.
The writer and illustrator of the much loved children’s book series ‘Brambly Hedge’ had died. Jill Barklem died peacefully
This week will see the second volume of the charity anthology Stories for Homes released. It does pretty much what it says on the tin - or cover - tells stories about homes. Or, more importantly, housing poverty and homelessness.
And it all begins with the first stories we introduce our children to. The ones that open up the doors of possibility to what lies ahead and which stoke their imaginations. The inspiring, the educating and the delighting - as they learn to turn the pages one at a time.
If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, embark on a treasure hunt with pirates, propel themselves in to outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible - when you find the right book!
Whilst it is always advisable to take a professional approach to independent publishing to produce a quality book people will want to read (hire an editor, cover designer, proofreader etc.) the bottom line is that there are no limitations on how and when you can choose to make the final leap.
Writing your first novel is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying, and sharing your work with someone can give even the
Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.
He died peacefully in his sleep.