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Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful
Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful

Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful

Foreword by Lemn Sissay, Illustrated by Richard Watson, By Sophie Willan


226 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781909954274

Rights: US & CA

Barbican Press (Apr 2018)

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The first of its kind, a dazzling collection of short stories for children—written exclusively by people who spent time in foster care as a child

A Care Leaver—like each of the contributors to this fresh story collection—is any adult who spent time as a child in foster care, residential care (mainly children's homes), or other arrangements outside their family. Discover why Franny Georgette Tinkleboom has been travelling around the world in a van that has giant mouse ears… And why Spike, the most mischievous hedgehog in Rivington Pike, keeps wandering off into the dark night… And what happens when you drink a wicked orange potion like Alicia Moonfall…

Author Biography

Lemn Sissay is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children's Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters. He is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. Sissay was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London. They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. His Landmark Poem,Guilt of Cain, was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in Fen Court near Fenchurch St Station. Richard Watson grew up in a small village in North Lincolnshire. He studied illustration at Lincoln University School of Art and Design, and began working as an illustrator soon after leaving University in 2003. Richard uses a range of techniques to produce artwork mixing traditional drawing and painting with collage and mixed media. He also loves visiting galleries, watching films, and listening to music. In 2015, Sophie Willan took her debut stand-up comedy hour On Record, based on her experiences of growing up in and out of the Care system, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A sell out run and critical acclaim followed, securing Sophie's place as one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy. Sophie's work with Care Leavers across Greater Manchester has become a national talking point, establishing Sophie as one of the UK's leading ambassadors for Homeless and Care Experienced Young People.