Successful Liverpool writer
flies the flag for indie authors
LIVERPOOL writer and storyteller Jude Lennon is flying the flag for indie
authors after celebrating her 3rd successful year in business and achieving
record book sales. Miss Lennon, who left her job as a Primary Teacher, in
2014, to follow her passion for writing and reading, has since published 8
children's books. Her professional storytelling business Little Lamb Tales
is also proving hugely successful across the City and beyond.
The 42 year old's debut book:- 'The Dragon of Allerton Oak' was
recently named among the top 10 best Liverpool children's book and last year
(2016) another of her books:- 'Astronaut Lamby' became an Amazon
Year on year Miss Lennon, of Allerton, has seen significant growth in books
sales and last year she sold more than 2,200 copies of her books throughout the
UK and Europe. The average self published author sells in the region of 250
books a year.
Commenting on this success Miss Lennon said:- "Last year
was a record year for me in terms of book sales and I hope to see continued
growth throughout this year. I have just published by eighth book and I have
plans to publish a further three later this year so it's a really busy time for
me right now. The immediate success of my 1st book 'The Dragon of Allerton Oak'
really gave me the confidence to continue doing what I love and that is writing
books for children and sharing my passion for storytelling. However, it's
not easy being an indie author. You don't have the backing of a large publishing
company so this means you have to become a jack of all trades and work extremely
hard to promote, market, and sell your own books to be successful. You really do
have to operate like a small business and use all the same platforms like
digital marketing and business networking to reach your target audience. I've
learned so much over the last three years but I'm having such a great time.
People often ask me if I regret leaving the teaching profession, but I can
honestly say I've never looked back. Making that leap to follow your dreams is
really important and I'm so excited about what the future holds for Little Lambs
Miss Lennon regularly holds storytelling events across the City and now has a
regular following of parents and children. She also works with Schools across
the area hosting author visits and creative writing workshops.
Her latest book:- 'S.T.O.P - Superbob Tells Off Parents’, which
has been written in conjunction with the parents of 6 year old Schoolboy Bobby
Colleran, who was tragically killed outside his School in West Derby, in 2014,
is currently being rolled out in Primary Schools, with the aim of promoting safe
parking outside Schools.
Other books which feature in Miss Lennon's growing collection include a Spanish
bilingual book:- 'Are We Nearly There Yet' and 'Glad to Be
Dan’, a book for children on mindfulness, co-authored by Happiness coach
Miss Lennon, who holds the title of Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate, also hosts
writing workshops and is a member of Team Author UK; a unique collaboration of
industry professionals who work with indie authors to help them self publish
their own books.
The next writing course to be held by Miss Lennon starts, on 6 June 2017 and
runs for 6 weeks, every Thursday, at Lifestyle Collective, on Allerton Road,
Liverpool. For more information on Little Lamb Tales and Miss Lennon's latest
WW1 soldiers remembered in
poignant art installation
AN Edge Hill University academic has
created a multimedia art installation remembering soldiers from the First World
Professor Helen Newall's work provides a powerful visual and sensory experience
which brings the soldiers depicted in salvaged original photographs back to our
attention in the present. Audiences will be able to experience the installation,
entitled:- 'Remember' Me, at the University's annual:-
'Festival of Ideas,' in June 2017, and at other North West locations in
the coming months, including the Cheshire Military Museum, Chester in July 2017.
After initially collecting original photographs of soldiers to use in
projections as part of her acclaimed First World War play:- 'Silent
Night,' Helen then embarked on what began as a personal project to
create the installation. The constantly evolving piece was recently set up for
members of the public to experience at Narberth Museum, Pembrokeshire, where
visitors hailed it emotive, powerful and thought provoking.
Helen Newall said:- "I have been collecting original photographs of Great
War soldiers from antique shops and auctions for a while. As some commentators
on First World War photography have noted, these men often had photographs taken
for the first time because they thought it might be the last time they would get
the chance. It really bothered me that I didn't know who the people in these
photos were, and I sought to change the people in the pictures from valuable
collectible 'objects' back into subjects again. The work is a
tension between the old technology of glass plate cameras; the chemical
processes used to create cardboard photographic objects, and the new digital
processes that make virtual images that often exist only in computer pixels and
clouds and streams."
As well as visual projections and soundscapes, the installation, described by
Professor Newall as a 'miniature museum,’ also features physical
photographs and relics from the trenches including a German bullet and a Vest
Pocket Kodak camera, used by a soldier.
Helen Newall said:- "The installation is still evolving, as I'm still
discovering pictures and relics. Just recently I found a cap badge which matches
one a soldier is wearing in 1 of the photographs, so that is the latest
The work also has a personal significance to Professor Newall. She said:-
"At the time I was making this work in 2014, my father was dying of Alzheimer's
disease, and it occurred to me that his gradual separation from his identity
paralleled the way in which the subjects of these photographs were being
separated from theirs. This work is thus dedicated to my father and to his
uncle, James Caldwell, after whom he was named, and who was killed at the Front
in 1916. His body was never found, his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial
which lists over 72,000 names of those missing on the Somme."
Karen Jackson named interim
chief executive for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
KAREN Jackson has been appointed
interim Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. She
succeeds Iain McInnes who has been interim Chief Executive since August. He is
returning to a role with NHS Improvement, the national organisation responsible
for overseeing NHS provider trusts. Karen has most recently been working with
NHS Improvement to lead work on improving urgent care service delivery across
England. Before this she was chief executive at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS
Foundation Trust and has a professional background in NHS finance. She is a
graduate in genetics from the University of Liverpool.
Karen said:- "I am very happy to be joining the team at Southport and
Ormskirk. Even in my short time here I have been impressed with the commitment
of staff to providing the very best care for patients. I look forward to
supporting that effort and will be here for as long as the Trust needs me."
Iain said:- "I have enjoyed my time working at the Trust. There are a lot
of dedicated, hardworking staff and it has been a privilege working with them.
The Trust has had many challenges and still has a number to face. It is clear to
me that there is a strong commitment to move on and deliver care and a good
experience for our patients as we move into a new phase. We now have a
substantive executive team in place. They are dedicated and experienced people
who will lead the Trust in the months and years ahead. I am confident that, with
the addition of Karen, I am leaving the Trust in good hands."
Karen officially starts in her new role on Monday, 17 April 2017.