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Kickstarter Campaign for Stone Based Illustrator

A Kickstarter campaign has been started by first-time author Kathy Tallentire to fund the publishing of her illustrated children’s book, Nana Duck.

The book has been illustrated by local artist Sarah Croker, and the campaign is aiming to raise £2,000 to print 1,000 copies of the story.

Previously been involved in illustrating the double award-winning children’s book Miles & Mia, Sarah, who lives in Stone, says; “This was a perfect project for me, I have been charmed by the people of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area and it inspires a lot of my work. I hope to do my adopted home justice as I bring Kathy’s story to life.”

The story celebrates the role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren, and follows Ellie on an overnight stay with her grandparents. It is an amusing story based on the use of “Duck” in this area and hopes to make children, and the adults reading the book with them, smile.

Children from the area will identify with the book, but Kathy also hopes it will be a lovely present for people who have moved away – a little taste of home and a neat way of explaining the quirks of where they came from to their children.

Kathy is also blogging about her experience of self-publishing her first book. “I’m really excited to be working on this project,” Kathy said. “It is such a joy working with a talented illustrator like Sarah and I can’t wait to get the finished book ready for sale in the run up to Christmas.”

As well as a signed copy of the book, other rewards up for grabs in the Kickstarter campaign include a Nana Duck colouring book, the chance to meet up with Kathy and Sarah for a coffee and even the chance to name the canal boat in the finished story.

Kathy will be donating a percentage of profits from the book to the DougieMac Hospice. “I was very close to my Nan who stayed at the DougieMac at the end of her life. Being able to give money to them that was raised from a story about grandparents and grandchildren would mean such a lot to me,” Kathy said.

You can find more information on the project on the Kickstarter page, and the books website, and information on Sarah Croker on her website.


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