A portrait by Lucinda Rendall of Julian is now on show in Waterstones’ first dedicated gallery space in Bloomsbury, London. Together with 14 other portraits, it is part of The Art of Reading exhibition by The Lots Road Group of figurative artists, in association with BookTrust – Britain’s largest reading charity.
Lucinda chose to paint Julian as she sat reading quietly with her little dog Ivy, who is the inspiration for her Railway Land Dogs series of children’s books set on the nature reserve in Lewes. “I chose to paint Julian as I have known her for many years and to have a local children’s author reading quietly seemed to be the ideal subject for the project”.
This autumn Julian is really busy visiting local schools with readings and workshops, engaging children with her inimitable style of storytelling and games.
If you would like her to visit you, and are based in Sussex, then do get in touch via the contact form on this website or contact us directly at email@example.com
Three new stories follow the latest adventures of Ivy and her fellow members of The Railway Land Dogs’ Club, capturing the charm of our local Nature Reserve. The book also features several illustrations that children can colour in themselves. We’ve had lovely responses to it from readers both young and old – and if you walk your dog on the Railway Land you might even recognise your own pooch featuring in one of the adventures!
“You get three cracking stories for the price of one, each with a completely new adventure woven with historical facts and details of local countryside. They are stories of secrets, redemption, and most of all friendship. You end up wanting to join the club and share the fun!” Michael and Kitty Ann, conservationists and family founders of Drusillas Zoo.
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"These three gentle stories will, I am sure, be enjoyed by children especially those that have a dog in the family. The idea that their pets minus owners may all gather as a gang to play is most appealing"
Ronda Armitage, author of The Lighthouse Keeper children's books
" I particularly like The Bone Yard. Very good illustrations; Lyndsey really conveys the different characters and gives us a lovely idea of their surroundings. I do hope this gets the success it richly deserves"
Antony Penrose, farmer, author and director of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection
"I think this story about the efforts of a hard working little mole, Magnus Carter, to lead his fellow workers in a rebellion against unjust King Moldewarp is ideal for the very youngest children. It helps them begin to understand what being fair to everyone means, and they will be entertained by the little mole peeping out through a hole in the book cover."
Margaret Mallett, Emeritus Fellow of The English Association in Books for Keeps Magazine
“A feast for youthful imaginations that cleverly links flavour with farming”
– Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Writer
“Granny Marmalade is a truly enchanting little book. Beautifully illustrated fun and exciting to read, but above all educational. A must for every child, whether from an urban or rural home”.
– Johnny Scott, Author & Farmer
“Perhaps the real achievement of this first Dogs’ Club story lies in the creation of a complete and seamless habitat where words and pictures intertwine in a classic fantasy. Here is a world where children will connect.”
– Christopher Dorling, Founder, Dorling Kindersley Ltd
“This beautifully illustrated story will bring huge delight to all children, dog lovers and those who know how much of the natural world can be found in an urban environment”
– Antony Penrose, Author, photo curator & farmer
“A fantastic, joyful and beautiful book”
– Clare Gabbett, author and mother