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We attended Cumbria Flood EXPO at Carlisle Racecourse on 2 and 3 February taking along copies of Katie and the Floods and Joe and Storm Desmond along with Joe and the Camera. Joe and the Camera has a link in … Continue reading
Katie and the Floods – the book will be launched on Friday 27 May in Carlisle. But even before this we are receiving feedback that there remains a great need for children and adults alike to regain their confidence in a future that holds no more terror from rain, simply raindrops. Katie and the Floods provides opportunities to air these fears whether following the story as Katie goes through the experience or just sharing a gaze at the unscripted endpapers of landscapes.
Joyce and Esten Pembamoyo visit from Mchenga in Malawi, the village neighbouring Moet School. Their youngest boy attends Moet school and that is just the start of the many connections between MACOBO and MOET. Eston organises the distribution of goods from the containers sent from England. There are always lots of boxes made up of donations from Carlisle including Crosby Nursery. Joyce is multi-talented and the clothes you see her and her husband wearing in this photograph were designed and made by her. She is hoping to set up a centre for tailoring in the village where Esten is the Reverend Father. Esten is particularly interested in permaculture. His studies brought them to England to attend a conference on sustainability. Sue and Mike seized on the opportunity to show them our beautiful borderlands. Joyce and Esten stayed for only a few days but it gave Sue and Mike a great chance to catch up on the latest news and lay plans for the future. And gave me a chance to enjoy the fantastic charm and warmth that imbues the selfless achievements of these two couples.
Presentation to Andy of Stanwix News in gratitude for his great sales of the Joe books!
Autumn has arrived! We had a great summer visiting here and there which took Joe to Hereford with Irene’s show at hArt and to Derbyshire and to Wales with her various workshops and holidays. Then there was our appearance at Borderline – the Carlisle Book Festival. We had an attentive audience of budding authors with a lively exchange of ideas and plans.
At last Sue and I met up with Andy of Stanwix News, Scotland Road, Carlisle to thank him for his unfailing support. Our inspirational characters Mrs Green and Grandad are his local customers and his shop has appeared in both Joe and the Window and Joe and the Camera ! He has kept a stock of these for his customers and handed over the entire sales taking no commission, greatly helping the funds. He is always busy stocking and re-stocking as he is open from 4am until 7.30pm everyday except Sunday when he can close at 4pm. What a work schedule!