I want children in Newcastle to point out a kittiwake and say "Look there's Kitty!"
After writing several adult wildlife books from Egypt to the Solway, John was inspired to write children’s books by Ian Langford from Langford Press. He focused on an individual species in each title, some of which would relate mainly to an urban/suburban area around the UK, aiming to target a larger potential audience.
Ian sadly died in 2017 so John went out on his own publishing his first book in 2019. His new books keep to the style of the older books but are now soft back. A new series is also to be out in 2019.
John wanted the books to have an educational theme with an important sense of realism included in the stories, but fiction where needed. Another target was to make the stories work on two levels, with information that would intrigue adults as well as children.
The main focus of the books is to spark that curiosity and appreciation for wildlife from a young age and trigger a love for the natural world, especially in the ones where the readers have their own town or city.
John is sponsoring the 'Wild Zone' at the 2019 British Bird Fair. This is the 2nd year the fair has had a children's section and John is proud to be part of this great fair now in its 31st year.
Lectures: The Solway - the whole of Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway; Hadrian’s Wildlife - History of birds back to Roman times + many present day locations to visit; Death on the Nile - looks at the history of birds from Ancient Egypt to present time birds while cruising the Nile; Mull: Not just Eagles! - year round look at this island; Go Birding - follows John around Britain in search of articles in ‘Go Birding’ in Bird Watching magazine; British Bee-eaters - Will they ever BEE Every Year!; Caithness - the forgotten part of Scotland!; Islay - Not just Geese!; Yorkshire - Not just a White Rose!
Fee: Prices on request. Distance: Anywhere in UK. Time: Evenings best.
Contact: Jockey Shield, Castle Carrock, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 9NF; T: 01228 670 205;