“Squawk: A Book of Bird Adventures” is a collection of short stories for children aged 8-11 and the whole family. Each story features a watercolour painting, also by me. These are hilarious, colourful tales about birds; they have unexpected endings that leave the reader wanting to read more. The stories also have sub-narratives about mental health. There is a story behind these stories, since they come from my own vivid sensory experiences (induced by a traumatic brain injury). “Squawk” then provides its readers with great entertainment, vocabulary building and emotional resilience.

This book is the first in a series of extraordinary stories about birds, animals, insects, nature and the atmosphere. They come from my limitless, incessant, wonderful imagination, which sustains me and provides me with a beacon to assess what is going on in my life. Many of my tales are written for children, but they are ageless and can be enjoyed by everyone. I am also currently writing a series of dark humour stories, probably for the slightly older reader. But who knows! Age is just a number. Our creativities are infinite.

“Squawk” will be released on February 23, 2023. Watch this space, I will publish the pre-order link very shortly!

Please contact me if you would like me to speak (or squawk) about my stories at your school, university, library or community group. For example, I can open a magnificent storytelling workshop, where we create an adventurous, unpredictable story together. 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. Possibilities are endless, and can be tailored for your needs.

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