14 December 2017 by Eleanor Webster
It’s never too late to fulfil to your dreams, just ask Audrey Wilson. A mother of three, a grandmother of nine and a great-grandmother of two, Audrey is also a first-time author at the age of 81.
Audrey was first inspired to ‘fulfil a long-held dream to write stories for children’, following a summer’s visit to New Brighton in 2015, with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter Sophie. It was on this day that Audrey was given the nickname of Nanna Strawberry, which subsequently became the subject of her first book: ‘The Magical Naming of Nanna Strawberry… and a visit to the seaside.’
It all began when the girls arrived ahead of their trip to the seaside, explains Audrey. ‘I greeted them at my front door and Sophie was holding her Mummy’s hand looking rather apprehensive. Her Mummy said Sophie was worried because she couldn’t say my name, so she’d been calling me Nanna Strawberry. I told Sophie that I would love to be called Nanna Strawberry.’
The book is beautifully illustrated by Vladislava Vatashka with drawings of Audrey and her family enjoying a day out on New Brighton beach, as well as their trip on a Mersey Ferry. The book is a fantastic way for children to learn about the local Merseyside area.
And Audrey’s love affair with her hometown hasn’t stopped there. She has just published a Christmas book titled Nanna Strawberry Shares Christmas with an Angel…and all her family – number four in the series.
The story describes Christmas with all the family says Audrey. ‘Nanna enjoys a delicious Christmas Day breakfast with her son and his family, before driving to the home of her eldest daughter to share Christmas dinner with her family. She is also greeted by an excited Christmas fairy in a white dress,’ she said.
You can buy The Magical Naming of Nanna Strawberry… and a visit to the seaside from our shop, with every purchase supporting National Museums Liverpool. Our collection of Liverpool-themed children’s books available online also includes Night Night Liverpool, an exploration of the city through bedtime rhyme by Katherine Sully, and John Lennon Imagine, which follows one little pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world. John Lennon Imagine was created in collaboration with Amnesty International and includes a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon. Kids can even create their own version of the city with our Liverpool colouring book!
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