My mother and I work together to make unique and beautiful children's books.
Mum and I work slowly. Our stories and their illustrations can take years to create and complete. It is important to us that the words, pictures and book design all work together seamlessly to tell you a story. It takes time to get that balance perfectly right.
Mum is now retired. I have a young family and I also work from home. Producing these books is a labour of love.
I write the stories and sell the finished books. My mother illustrates and designs the books; she uses traditional book design techniques.
At the heart of every story we develop is an invitation for a deeper and richer appreciation of the natural environment and all its inhabitants.
All our books are printed on recycled paper and produced in the UK to reduce the carbon footprint.
‘Hare’ is a light-hearted mixture of ancient and modern, it is full of poetry and word play. The illustrations are detailed, beautiful and still. Allowing the reader time to look carefully and listen closely.
The story was inspired by an actual encounter with a hare in a wood in Worcester a couple of years ago. A huge male hare loped close by me - literally meters from my feet. He looked in peak condition, alert and powerful. Then he paused, turned his head and looked right at me, his huge ears twitched and in a split second he vanished. It was like being visited by a mythical king of some sort.
‘Hare’ is an imagined search for the Hare King. Inspired by the poetry of William Cowper (1731 - 1800) and by a Middle English poem called The Names of the Hare.
We are here to raise £2000 to print the 1st edition of Hare, and the funds will be used for the following:
• Printing 500 copies of the book.
• Fullfillment / shipment of rewards for our backers.
• Kickstarter and payment processing fees.
There will inevitably be some further costs but we are prepared to cover these. The £2000 is enough to get the first print run out there. Which would be an amazing achievement.
Kickstarter is an ALL - OR - NOTHING crowd-funding platform, so if we don't reach our goal, we get nothing!
So, please back Hare with what you can, and please SHARE SHARE SHARE! Email, Facebook, Twitter, or however you'd like to share.
If your support helps us to exceed our target we will be able to publish more than 500 copies of 'Hare'. Which would be fantastic.
We have tried to make the incentives to pledge simple and fair - so a pledge of £10 gets you a signed first edition copy of this unique book posted to your door.
Pledges of more than £10 gets you more copies, plus copies of 'Ratcliffe's Who Can Fluke 'Em' (our first book), a limited edition print of Leslie's beautiful art work and invitations to our London launch party.
'Hare' is written, the illustrations and the book design are complete. We have a great relationship with a UK printer. They have quoted for the work and have been incredibly helpful.
'Hare' promises to be a great book for families, children and adults to read and enjoy. We hope that in publishing this book we will also shed a little extra light on this contradictory and remarkable animal.
We are excited and we hope you are too after reading this.
Risks and challenges
We have very good contacts in the UK book trade and a bit beyond. 'Hare' when we publish, will be our second book together. Our first book is called 'Ratcliffe's Who Can Fluke 'Em' and has, since its publication in Spring 2013, been extremely warmly welcomed by families, schools and independent bookshops. We have experience.
Most important to my mother and I is the feedback we receive from parents and the children who have read our story. You can read testament from our readers on our website www.ictisbooks.co.uk. These are good books.
I work with primary schools and other organisations, offering everything from storytelling, to more in-depth workshops introducing children to creative writing, illustration and publishing. We have readers waiting to read this book.
We don't anticipate too many major obstacles (outside of fundraising!) but we are keenly aware of the need for persistence and determination to make any project successful. 'Hare' will be no exception.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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