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Local author launches new book at Knowsley school

by Laura Johnston

Local children’s author, Audrey Wilson, was welcomed to Blacklow Brow Primary School in Huyton to launch her new book, Nanna Strawberry Remembers the Young Queen, and meet some excited children at the school.

Audrey Wilson, who writes under the charming name ‘Nanna Strawberry’, wrote about Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1952. Using her real diary entries from 1952, Nanna Strawberry’s story surrounds how she found out about our queen’s reign while just a teenager at school.

Nanna Strawberry read some of her book to pupils during an assembly and the children had the opportunity to get involved with the story. The children re-enacted a part of the story by having a go at copying shorthand writing with hand movements, just like how Nanna Strawberry learnt to do it all those 66 years ago.

Caitlin Westall, a talented pupil at Lord Derby Academy in Huyton, who is an illustrator in Nanna Strawberry’s book Nanna Stawberry Goes Horse Riding also paid a visit to the children at Blacklow Brow Primary School. Caitlin and Nanna Strawberry will soon be returning to the school to show children how they can follow in their footsteps, and write and illustrate their very own book.

Mrs Williams, Head of Blacklow Brow Primary School, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome Nanna Strawberry to Blacklow Brow School. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet a ‘real, live, author!’”

Nanna Strawberry with Caitlin Westall