Hannah Peckham (and little Bodhi)

Hannah’s early relationship with reading and writing got off to a rather bumpy start, being the first person in her school to be diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of five. While her friends were enjoying playtime, she could often be found in extra English lessons, studying with gritty determination but needless to say it was a union of love /hate.

Fast forward some years to her career as a voice over artist that started in 2007 where she took to the airwaves voicing TV and radio adverts along with documentaries and narration.

In 2014 she was given the exciting opportunity to write scripts and voice the continuity on a much-loved Sky TV channel – gone were the days where reading aloud in class would fill her with shame and dread, she was now reading live to the nation! To this day her tones can be heard in many a living room across the UK.

In complete contrast, in 2012 after over three years of study, Hannah graduated from Thames Valley University as a person-centred counsellor and has since worked in schools and youth advice centres counselling young people.

Whilst throwing herself with enthusiasm and determination into both careers, she has come to wonder why there is such a stigma attached to talking about mental health. We teach our children about physical health, we assist them with learning the colours of the rainbow but encouraging children to identify and talk about feelings is often an afterthought, for if or when a problem arises. Why not give children this vocabulary so it is second nature, and identifying their own feelings is as normal as answering the question, “What noise does a sheep make?”?

This passion to get children to develop emotional literacy at an early age was further ignited by the birth of her beloved son. In her spare time Hannah enjoys… haha… SPARE TIME! … who are we kidding? Juggling her toddler, two dogs and two jobs at her home in the Sussex countryside, she has put pen to paper to realise another dream, to write a book for pre-school children that promotes the importance of talking, told in a charming story about the adventure of a determined little chameleon called Conker.

Stephanie Jayne

Stephanie grew up in the Sheffield countryside and describes herself as being a child who was ‘a bit different’ with a very vivid imagination. In an effort to fit in with her peers she would share spooky tales at the back of the school bus, and when they went down a storm and her popularity soared she realised the power of storytelling.

Stephanie is multi-talented within the creative arts. Her main passions in life are writing, books, music, and art. Until recently, she has concentrated her literary efforts on screenwriting and Eleanor Hurl the Peculiar Girl was her first foray into children’s fiction. And what a reception it had – shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards! 

Feeling like a misfit in her early years has been a big source of inspiration for Stephanie. The characters she writes about will often be children or young adults who are a little bit out of the ordinary. She told us, “As well as entertaining, my mission with these books is to show kids that it’s completely fine to be different. You are who you are, you like what you like and it’s all for a reason, so embrace your uniqueness.”

Stephanie is currently working on her second publication, Morty and the Monster.

Publications
Stephanie’s first children’s book, titled Eleanor Hurl the Peculiar Girl, was released in October 2018 under the pen name SL Kins.

Emma Louise Clarke

Emma Louise Clarke was born and raised on the Fylde Coast, in the small seaside town of Lytham St Annes. The daughter of two artists she illustrated her first book when she was 8 years old, for a school competition and won! Just 30 short years later after raising her 3 girls she wrote and illustrated another about a little pony called Caddie. Having trained as a scientific illustrator she settled for a career in graphic design but drawing is her passion and her tablet and pencil are never far away.