A Protest March, Petitions and a Badger Book

This week has been pretty amazing. The stop the badger cull petition has now surpassed quarter of a million signatures!!! http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257  That’s incredible when you think about it, and shows the strength of feeling amongst the general public about the hideous badger cull policy.

As people who know me are aware, I am totally against the cull of our badgers, and was one of the 2000+ people who marched in London to protest. I hang my head in despair at humanity at times, and am unable to understand a policy that goes against all the science which says a cull of badgers will not work in preventing the spread of bTB in cattle.

Photo by Louise Hastings

Photo by Louise Hastings

While I was there, I was fortunate to have listened to Dr Brian May’s speech in London. He says: ‘The cull is an irreversible tragedy for our wildlife, of course; badgers have been living in family groups in the UK since long before humans arrived, and randomly slaughtering 70 per cent of them will destroy the families forever, bringing about immense suffering for these highly intelligent mammals.  They are already being illegally killed in their thousands by misguided individuals seeking some kind of ‘revenge’ on these unfortunate animals, who are of course entirely innocent, their species having been infected by a long history of ineffective control of the disease in cattle. ‘

Photo by Louise Hastings

Photo by Louise Hastings

So, the cull is due to start any day (night) now, a policy which is likely to cripple rural relations for years to come. It is a tragedy for our wildlife and our natural world which is already struggling to survive. With that in mind, I wanted to write a story about it for our children. They will be the guardians of our planet in the future, and need to understand why these things happen.  My book, Beatha – A Badger’s Story has been released on Amazon and a percentage of the royalties will be donated to the Badger Trust. I’m also proud to say, it’s now available in these bookstores:

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Photo by Joff Gainey

Firstly, the lovely BookStop Cafe in Lincoln, where they offer comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy Tea/Coffee/Cake and read a good book. They support local and independent Authors, providing an outlet for their books. I’d like to say a big thank you to Joff and Becky for making my book feel so welcome. 🙂

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Steep Hill
LN2 1LU Lincoln, Lincolnshire

@BookStopCafe
https://www.facebook.com/BookStopCafe
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I for one, can’t wait to visit their shop and try their cakes!

Photo by Joff Gainey

Photo by Joff Gainey

Secondly, another local independent bookstore in Taunton, Brendon Books have accepted copies of my book.

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Brendon Books & Maps, ,Old Brewery Buildings, Bath Place, TAUNTON TA1 4ER

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And finally, the Waterstones store in Taunton are also soon to carry copies.

So if you’re ever in the Taunton or Lincoln area,  do stop by. In the meantime, please keep signing the petition!!! Love & Light xx

Official Release

Paperback & Kindle

I am proud to announce that Beatha – A Badger’s Story is now available from Amazon UK. The paperback edition is a 166 page children’s book with a retail price of £4.99. The ISBN is: 978-1489528933. Also available as an e-book with a retail price of £3.08. For more information or to request a review copy, please do contact me through the contact form.

Book Description:

In Bilbrook Wood, the badger Beatha senses danger from nearby Burridge Farm, where dairy farmer Jake Barker is plotting to destroy her family and all she holds dear. Does 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 tuberculosis in cattle. The government have rejected the science and public opposition, and are planning a cull of badger’s this summer. More than ever they need our help. By buying this book, you are supporting them and raising funds for the Badger Trust who work tirelessly to defend and protect these beautiful and innocent creatures.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257

Cover Reveal ~ Beatha – A Badger’s Story

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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

National Novel Writing Month

After much debating on whether I’m completely mad, I’ve decided to take part in the National Novel Writing Month challenge, more of which can be found here @ http://www.nanowrimo.org/ This means there will probably be less poetry for a while, but this is an exciting new project for me. I’ve always wanted to write a book and now here’s my chance. Who knows if it will be readable by the end of the month, but I’m hoping to gain a lot from the experience as well as have some fun.

I have a brief outline for a YA fantasy novel, a title and have had a bit of fun designing a book cover (ever hopeful!)

My brief synopsis:

The Sleep Stealers

Amelia Fox is not like any other young woman in her small village. She is full of spirit and can dream walk in her sleep. However, she longs to find freedom from the constraints of being a respectable vicars daughter, but darker forces are at work, coinciding with the arrival of the gypsies. She starts ‘seeing’ things in her sleep and huge black birds appear, circling over the vicarage. The desire to flee grows stronger as her father begins his descent into madness. She must find out what is happening but the clock is ticking. Her father is close to death and the ravens are gathering.

My opening:

I felt the chill of the wind as soon as I opened the door. It cut right through me, sweeping down across the valley, blowing the leaves off the autumn trees. A pair of crows battled against it before dropping out of sight.

Waiting – Flash fiction in 100 words

I feel sorry for the lad standing there in the rain, waiting for a bus
that is invariably late. Isn’t it always? He is young and hasn’t worn
a coat. I can see him shivering from here. Standing in the cosy
warmth of my living room, for once I’m glad I have nowhere to go.

I’m not sure I have much to show for my time spent on this earth.
But I have had a comfortable ringside seat to watch it all go past
me through the double glazing.

I see the boy jumping on the bus. Another journey begins.

 

by Louise