12/ 08/ 2009


Petal- Power Publishing is now linked to a fab new website selling original, fun and ethically-sourced t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Why not check it out? A donation to charity with each item purchased. www.brandgnu.co.uk

7/ 07/ 2009

Stafford Bookfest 09

This week Stafford’s Oxfam has launched it’s first in store literary festival with poetry readings from, Rising Brook Writers, and visits by local authors this Thursday morning 9th July in the ,charity shop,.

Petal-Power Publishing have donated a number of our, ‘Under The Rainbow’, books to the shop and hope that visitors will enjoy reading the ,poems, and buy the book, which will add funds to ,Oxfam,.

Shazz xx

19/ 06/ 2009

My Little Boy

I have a little boy called Jed, who is nearly two and a half. He loves a book called Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and Alison Jay, published by Barefoot Books ISBN 978-1-84686-201-4. Jed really enjoys looking at the pictures, which are beautiful and have wonderful detail. When Jed has fallen asleep I sometimes keep looking at the book. Delightful text too- my 6 year old, Pip, enjoys reading that. Fun for all the family!

Steve xx

12/ 06/ 2009

The new ‘Children’s Laureate’

Ive just heard that Anthony Browne, has been chosen to be the new ‘Children’s Laureate’, which is an excellent choice. Browne has encouraged children to enjoy reading – especially picture books,!!


My Mum written & illustrated by Anthony Browne

My Mum written & illustrated by Anthony Browne


Browne – quote “Picture books are for eveybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap filled by the readers imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.”

Check out www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8091081.stm for and interview by Caroline Briggs, the BBC News, with Anthony Brown about becoming the Children’s Laureate.


Shazz xx

18/ 05/ 2009

Shropshire Star

We had a write-up in the Shropshire Star on Saturday 16th May. Very nice- thank you, Toby Neal!

Under the Rainbow is now available in Shropshire libraries! Hopefully copies will be well-used and well-loved.

I have just watched some Eastern European ladies dancing in The Square in Shrewbury and bought a wooden pig from the local Scope shop.

All the best, Steve x

15/ 05/ 2009


Under the Rainbow is now available through Waterstones shops. They may not have it in stock but can order one pretty speedily. Shrewsbury Waterstones has copies in stock. We’d rather you ordered through an independent shop, such as the Book Nook in Newport, Shropshire, or Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, but all sales are obviously much appreciated.

Hasn’t the weather been strange? I’m hoping for a bit of snow this weekend so I can get my skates on!?

All the best, Steve xxxx

23/ 04/ 2009

Picklescott, Shropshire

What a lovely village! Please visit www.picklescott.org.uk for news. The village is set in the wonderful Shropshire hills, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Great area to take the kids for a day out. Picklescott has a great pub, The Bottle and Glass, which is child friendly. Very picturesque. Church Stretton is nearby and is an historic market town.

Great views and open air to fire the imagination.


22/ 04/ 2009

Book Nook Visit

Sharon and I enjoyed our visit to the Book Nook in Newport. Thank you for your hospitality, Alison!



It was a lovely sunny day on April 11th and so the shop was fairly quiet. We had great fun all the same. The shop has lots of children’s books and smashing gift ideas.


We met Jean Bews, author of a children’s philosophical novel”Cauldron of Birth,” and she told us all about the teaching of philosophy in shools, particularly as regards younger children. Interesting stuff!


Bye for now! Best wishes, Steve.

9/ 04/ 2009

The Book Nook, Newport, Shropshire

The Book Nook is a lovely independent bookshop and there will be a number of authors, including children’s book authors, in the shop to meet customers and sign copies of books (if requested) on Saturday 11th April between 10am and 1pm.

Contact the shop on 01952-820005 for further details. The address is- 5 Stafford Street, Newport TF10 7LU.

Newport is a great place to visit with plenty to enjoy in addition to the shop.

Do join in the fun with your children this Easter weekend. Steve and Sharon will be there and would love to meet you.

1/ 04/ 2009

A Chance to Perform!

On the first Thursday of each month there is an event at the Old Post Office public house in Shrewsbury where writers can display or perform their work. This is for musicians as well, apparently. Could be fun/useful to anyone within easy reach of Shrewsbury. More info available at Facebook page-http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=57800646625

Hope this is useful to someone.