A free family fun day full of investing and creating workshops, story telling, rocket building and more is being held at Quay Arts, Newport on Saturday (29th October) to mark the launch of a brand new children’s book series.

Papa Owl and Rocket the Dog’s Big Flying Adventure is the first of a planned series of books by Isle of Wight’s newest publishing house Papa Owl Publishing, which is the creation of Island residents Michael Lilley and Helen Stiles who both identified a gap in the children’s book market.

At the event, which takes place between 11:00-15:00 for families with children aged 4-9, there will be a Real Papa Owl Exhibition is a timeline of pictures and objects from 1919 to 2015, which starts with young Geofry aged 4 up till his death at 95 in 2015. These include the Wright Brothers, the Spirit of the Solent (the predecessor of the Spitfire), Spitfire, Harrier, Apollo Rockets, Concorde, pictures of owls and silent flight and the tools used by a 20th century scientist and inventor.

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Michael says:

“This is the wonderful world of a real inventor and eccentric and the world I grew up in. It tells the visual story of how my Dad from a young age fell in love with flying and open up for him a whole magically world of flying machines and rockets to the moon. I combine Dad’s world, the Isle of Wight, my late Dog called Zen, my own granddaughters, Owls and nature and came up with the wonderful world of Papa Owl”.

Michael and Helen have a vision of creating a fictional Papa Owl World that shows how generations can work together. Granddads and grandmas can be inspiration to their grandchildren. The first book promotes the Age Friendly Island Campaign; but most importantly Papa Owl’s world is about how children can make things, have dreams, and through understanding nature can create their own magical worlds.

Helen says:

“Come along to Papa Owl day at Quay Arts and just have fun, listening to the Papa Owl story, and make things. We will have lots of material and on hand to encourage you to develop your own ideas. We will be telling everyone about our next children books in development such as Papa Owl and Hazel the Dormouse, and Muddie the mischievous dog! ”

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