Why are there so many successful children’s writers and illustrators living in the Four Heatons?


By Jane Schaffer, Seven Arches Publishing

We all know that it is a lovely place to live, especially if you are bringing up a young family. The Heatons have good schools, parks to play in and a great number of restaurants, cafés and pubs, all giving a warm welcome to families.

As the managing editor of a small publishing business that specialises in children’s books, I was amazed to find out how many writers of children’s books lived in the area. Some, like Anna Mainwaring, write for the older teens, while two young mums have got together to write a book to help the youngest readers understand Type 1 diabetes. Perhaps the answer is that there are some very good readers in the locality – we still have a local branch library! Current research shows that reading and writing go hand in hand.

If you and your family enjoy reading, or perhaps have ideas of your own for a children’s story, come along on Sunday 5th March to Village Point and meet us – a group of writers of children’s books living in the locality. I am sure we will find out the answer while having a lot of fun!  (See the advert below.)

Amongst others, those reading from their stories, answering questions and signing their books will be: Jo Welch, Anna Mainwaring, Paul Morris, Stuart Harris, Corinne Averiss, Emma Dillon and Emma Netherwood. I will be there with the books by Seven Arches Publishing.

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