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Woodbridge: First-time author releases book of woodland ‘tails’

PUBLISHED: 11:45 16 July 2014

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book

A debut children’s author is hoping to embark on a new career after discovering he had a flair for storytelling.

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book

Callum Welch, from Woodbridge, is nurturing a newly found passion for writing and illustrating, with the publication of his first book aimed at younger readers.

The 20-year-old left behind a college course in art and design last year after struggling to afford the cost of public transport following a motorcycling accident.

That summer, finding himself away from further education and unemployed, he sat down to try and pen a science-fiction story, but later decided to write about a group of animals learning to live and work together as a community.

Welcome to the Knotwood Family tells the tale of Holly and Pip Chestnut and their son Charlie - a family of red squirrels forced to look for a new home after their tree blows down, but introduced to the magical Knotwood Village by a lively young grey squirrel, Caroline.

The author and former Farlingaye High School student said: “I read a news article about wild beavers being discovered in this country for the first time in hundreds of years. It encouraged me to stop writing sci-fi and start writing about animals.

“I was also inspired by some of the books I remember from my childhood - like the Brambly Hedge stories.

“I’ve always been interested in illustration but until last year I hadn’t considered writing stories.

“I hope it’s something parents can read to their children.”

Mr Welch has already started working on another book - the second in the Chestnut Tails series.

Welcome to the Knotwood Family is available from online in paperback or as an e-book via chestnut-tails.com. The book is also being stocked by Woodbridge Books in The Thoroughfare.

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