Philip’s story, Bedtime at the Lighthouse, is based on a real experience of trying to get his children to sleep when they stayed at their grandma’s house under the real Portland Bill lighthouse.
The story is one of 10 bedtime stories that won a national competition run by Mumsnet, Gransnet and Walker Books to find new writing talent. The competition received over 350 entries and Walker Books whittled them down to 20, and then the final published 10 stories were chosen by former children’s laureate and writer Michael Rosen
Philip Bell explains:
“It’s a personal story, full of atmosphere, and I hope it will connect with parents and children alike. Bedtime can be a challenging event at the best of times, especially when there’s so much excitement going on at a lighthouse!
“If I could see the moon I’d be over it! I’m very excited to be published by such a well respected children’s publisher as Walker Books and I hope this is the start of a new phase in my writing career.”
All the stories in the book have been illustrated by 10 début children’s book illustrators all with a range of styles that compliment each story.
Justine Roberts, Mumsnet co-founder, says:
“The 10 winning stories are a real treat to read, and we’re confident that The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories will be enjoyed by grandparents, parents and children for years to come.”
The Book of Bedtime Stories is available at bookshops and online retailers. Price £14.99. ISBN: 978-1-4063-4717-3.
Philip Bell is a local author who publishes his own award-wining Jack and Boo children’s books, which are inspired by family trips out on Isle of Wight. He also works with adults and school children to help them create their own community books. For more information please visit www.beachybooks.com.