The beauty of a story window

Last year, I was delighted to speak about The Finding of Freddie Perkins at Ilkley’s literature festival. This year I’m even happier to be sharing an abridged preview of an as yet unpublished short story for all ages – The Blossom-Maker – with the whole town. And how? Through a story window! Yes, for a limited time only here it is…

Blossom maker full window low resSo if you’re in Ilkley, come along to 6 Church Street and find out what all the blossom is about… And if you’re not? Well I’m sure the story will be shared in other ways soon too…

After the event

Freddie’s first literature festival appearance was a great success… yesterday’s event was a sellout and the talk on Loss and Hope in Children’s books went to time and to plan…. as always, what really made the event a success though was the people in the room – their engagement with the subject and their helpful comments and questions. It was a great privilege to be joined by Headmistresses, teachers and parents – as well as those interested in children’s literature – as we unpacked the therapeutic and educational power of narrative with Freddie’s help.

cropped lit fest

Thanks to The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley for their continued support… it was great to have the book sales all taken care of.

Less than three weeks – book to avoid missing out

It’s less than three weeks to go until Liz’s event at The Ilkley Literature Festival.¬†She will be reading extracts from The Finding of Freddie Perkins, discussing the educational and therapeutic benefits of children’s fiction with reference to some of her favourite classics and taking questions. Come to All Saints Primary School at 2:30pm for this hour long event on Sunday 5 October… and book in advance to avoid missing out on ‘Loss and Hope in Children’s Books’.


Thanks to The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley, copies of The Finding of Freddie Perkins will be available to buy at this event.

Loss, hope and the Literature Festival

Liz is delighted to be speaking at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Come along to All Saints’ Primary School to hear her explore¬†Loss and Hope in Children’s Books on 6 October at 2:30pm.


The hour long event will include readings from The Finding of Freddie Perkins, reflections on classic childrens’ books which explore difficult themes and how they can help children process loss, and plenty of time for questions and discussion for parents.

Liz is looking forward to getting the chance to talk about some of her own childhood favourites and the impact they had on her, including amongst others The Secret Garden and A Little Princess (Hodgson Burnett), The Railway Children (Nesbit) and C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia alongside more modern classics in the making.

Find out more details about the event here on the festival’s website.