A BROMSGROVE children’s writer will be marking the release of her new book with a special launch to which all budding bookworms are invited.
Emma Austin-Jones, who The Standard reported on back in June when she ran a competition to find a student to illustrate her book, is now proud to present The Lilac Story.
Parents, guardians and children are all welcome to a special day of entertainment at the Tardigbigge Community Hall with staff and pupils from Tardibigge C of E First School next Friday (October 17).
The book launch will begin at 1.30pm, will last about two hours and will include a raffle, refreshments, live acoustic music, book readings, an illustrator’s workshop and a performance from the Bromsgrove School of Music.
At the event there will also be a dyspraxia foundation information stand and New College stand.
The novel has been inspired by Emma’s teenage daughter Cat and the struggles with dyspraxia that she has faced since she was at primary school.
Cat has helped her mum write all the story outlines and develop the characters in the books which tell the tale of friendship and overcoming differences.
The project has also been launched to help raise awareness of dyspraxia and raise money for the Dyspraxia Foundation – a national charity which helps children and adults affected by the condition.
Rubery art and design student Danny Phillips, 19, has also been involved as the illustrator of the books.
Emma said: “Thank you to everyone involved with this, it’s thrilling to be so close to such a long held dream.
“I hope the event will be just as enjoyable for the children.”