“Squawk: A Book of Bird Adventures” is a collection of short stories for children aged 8-12 and the whole family. Each story features a vivid watercolour painting, also by me. These are hilarious, colourful tales about birds who journey to the most unlikely of destinations. The stories also have sub-narratives supporting good mental health. This book is the first in a series of extraordinary stories about birds, animals, insects, nature and the atmosphere.

“Squawk” will be released on February 23, 2023. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon here: https://amzn.eu/d/hxsLjEg

Please contact me if you would like me to speak (or squawk) about my stories at your school, university, library or community group. I can create a stimulating storytelling workshop, where we invent a story together, which evolves in unpredictable and adventurous directions. I can also talk about how writing stories and painting help me make sense of my own unusual experiences, and show how art supports good mental health. I can read a section of my book. I can give a workshop on how to draw wacky birds. Sessions can be tailored for your needs.

Squawk launch events:

1. Jesus College Cambridge, 23/02/23, 17:00-19:00

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/squawk-a-book-of-bird-adventures-launch-event-tickets-466710312107

2. “Meaningful Conversation – Telling stories: the brain, trauma and creativity” 08/03/23, 17:00-18:00

This “Meaningful Conversation” brings together experts on the brain, creativity and storytelling to talk about the effects of telling stories and being creative on the brain and our mental health.

Michael Rosen (author, storyteller, survivor) and Professor Tony David (neuropsychiatrist, Director, UCL Institute of Mental Health) converse with Lorna Collins (neurodiverse author, artist). 

This conversation responds to Lorna’s new book: Squawk: A Book of Bird Adventures. We ask how storytelling and creativity can support brain health and heal trauma.

This is a free event hosted by the Speakers Collective and please enter your details below to register for this Meaningful Conversation.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/MCTellingStories

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