Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

Storytelling Starters ~ Bringing Hope

You know what it’s like. You’re vaguely expecting something to happen. Then suddenly it arrives and you’re surprised and delighted. In my case, it occurred yesterday morning when onto my doormat fell something a little  larger and heavier than the usual letter – not that many actual letters arrive any more. What comes are bills, oh yes the bills! And also of course endless advertisements for this or that.

What the post brought:

But this was the most delightful little book. It’s entitled Bringing Hope, the story in it was written by myself and, yes, I was expecting it to arrive sometime around now. But when I saw it, what proved an absolute delight was the illustrations, all bursting with colour and texture and all produced by pupils of two schools in South London, Reay and Wyvil Primary Schools.

Bringing Hope:

Bringing Hope has been published by ADD International, a charity I’ve written about before in this blog. ADD International is about empowering disabled people living in poverty in Africa and India. I’ve supported it over a number of years and am so pleased to have got more closely involved with it over the last few years.

When I was asked by ADD if I might write a story for their Autumn campaign this year, the person who gave me the idea for the story I produced was one of five Disability Activists whom I’d heard speaking at an ADD event earlier this year. It was when the Commonwealth Leaders were meeting in London. Disability was one of the themes they had chosen to discuss and at the ADD session timed to coincide with the meeting, each of the five Disability Activists who were present spoke about their life. One who spoke was Peter Ogik from Uganda, a man with albinism whom I’ve written about here before. Another was a striking woman from Tanzania who talked about how she’d been born with one short leg. As she spoke she leaned on a crutch. But it was abundantly clear that her disability had not prevented her from making a very great deal of her life. She was inspiring.

The illustrations:

So in my story, Bringing Hope, which I’ve set in Bangladesh, one of the countries where ADD works, there is a girl called Anuja who has one short leg. There’s also a Disability Activist who brings new hope and excitement into Anuja’s life when she arranges for Anuja to get a wheelchair and start going to school. I very much enjoyed writing the story. But the greater pleasure has been now seeing what its child-illustrators have made of the story and the verve and insight they have brought to its characters and events.

How to get a copy:

When the book arrived, my husband Paul said, ‘Do you realise this is your tenth book?’ Yes, I suppose it is. But I can honestly say it’s the one I’ve most enjoyed receiving. ADD is selling copies at £6 each. I’ve decided to sell it at a discounted price of £5 but still to give ADD the full £6 per copy. So if you’d like me to send you a copy, it will cost you £5 for the book and an extra £1 for postage. You can either send me a cheque for £6 to 9 Winterwell Road, London SW2 5JB. Or you can click the button below.

>PS: Front cover, back cover – the two illustrations speak for themselves.

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