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New Woodbridge author Callum meets his critics

PUBLISHED: 13:22 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:22 21 October 2014

Callum Welch

Callum Welch

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Callum Welch, a new children's author from Woodbridge, faced his toughest audience when he launched his latest book.

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Callum read an extract from Welcome to the Knotwood Family to an enthralled audience at Melton Day Nursery. Children from the Butterfly class listened intently to the former Farlingaye High School student as he introduced the characters and showed them the pictures he had drawn himself.

Callum has written four books so far with two already published under the series title Chestnut Tails. The books tell the story of the Knotwood Family, a family of red squirrels who discover the magical Knotwood village thanks to a lively young grey squirrel, Caroline.

The young author, who dropped out of an art and design course at college following a motorcycling accident, found inspiration for writing the books after reading a news article about wild beavers being discovered in the UK for the first time in hundreds of years.

Nicola Cannon, owner of Melton Day Nursery, said: “We love to support local talent and Callum’s books are so beautiful. The children enjoyed meeting Callum and hearing him tell one of his stories as well as scrutinising all the illustrations.”

Callum said: “I am hoping that by reading my books to young children it will capture their imagination and encourage them to become avid readers at an early age”.

Welcome to the Knotwood Family and the Unexpected Visitors are available from Woodbridge Books, 66 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge or online through Amazon as paper back or ebook via www.chestnut-tails.com at approx. £4.99 RRP.

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