Cover Reveal ~ Beatha – A Badger’s Story


I’m so excited to be able to share the new cover for my children’s book. I’m thrilled with it, and my heartfelt thanks go to Hannah Willow for allowing me to use her wonderful artwork, and to @anuwildantz for designing the cover. If all goes to plan, Beatha will be available as a paperback and e-book by 3rd June on Amazon.

Book Description:

In Bilbrook Wood, the badger Beatha senses danger from nearby Burridge Farm, where dairy farmer Jake Barker plots to destroy her family and all she holds dear.  Should she stay and risk it all? Or leave her ancestral home as winter fast approaches? This is Beatha’s story, where the peaceful natural world meets the world of power and greed, and where lives hang in the balance.

These are dark and desperate times for Britain’s badgers, accused by the farming community of spreading TB in cattle. The government have rejected the science and public opposition, and are planning a cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer. More than ever they need our help. I intend to give 50% of the royalties from this book to The Badger Trust, who work tirelessly in defending these beautiful and innocent creatures.

Hoping to share a chapter or two with you soon but until then, Love & Light 🙂 xx

A Government Recipe (For Disaster)

First pre-heat your political fervour to maximum temperature –
Introduce a badger cull, cut taxes for the rich.

Several thousand badgers (without TB)
1 row of Liberal Democrats (lightly mashed)
1 tin of evaporated sorry (for the inevitable broken pledge)
1 large dose of unemployment, debt
1 shredded NHS
1 pack of carrots chopped (for the plebs)
1 home-grown Boris Johnson (for the comic effect)
1 pile of printed money (for quantitative easing purposes)
1 large bucket of arrogance

Ensure all ingredients are well blended together – use a wooden spoon
but put aside the farmers and the animal activists – they do NOT mix.
Warning: Be sure to use heat-proofed gloves – a scalding likely.
Note: This procedure could take 5 years to complete.
In the meantime, emigrate.

by Louise Hastings

Written in response to Clarissa Dickson Wright’s assertion that we should cook badgers killed in the imminent cull The Independent
And with apologies to Ann Chance and her winning poem Hadron Collider Star Recipe published in the Poetry News 😉
On a more serious note, please sign the anti-badger cull e-petition Thank you!