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The Author

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I’ve had two careers: first as an Actress in theatre and television, then in middle age as a Psychodramatherapist. In this, my third Age, it feels delightfully indulgent to become a Storyteller and Illustrator.

I love being a Granny and have two darling grand daughters as my captive audience!

 

I wrote and sketched out ‘Grasshopper and the Ants’ about four years ago, but it took the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020 for me to finally complete the illustrations and bring this little book together – my first venture into the world of publishing.

 

I remember loving the stories of the Greek myths as a child, but always felt Aesop was a bit harsh with the Grasshopper in the original fable. The Ants rather rigid work ethic and judgement of Grasshopper irritated me and I wanted a story with more tolerance and appreciation of difference. So, here it is! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed its creation!

Reviews

"This has become a firm favourite with my grand-children ...We will never tire of it. In the words of a 5 year old- ‘Granny….Grasshopper is a dude!’."

- BETH BITHELL

Grandmother and Author

" Her own joyously colourful illustrations give us a child’s eye-view of the natural world of ants and grasshoppers and leave the reader with a smiling face and heart full of hope."

 

- PANKAJA BROOKE

Writer and Film-maker

"...My daughter asks to read it at least twice before bed and loves discussing Barbara’s magical illustrations."

- ANOUSKA BECKWITH
Mother and Artist

 

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