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Woodbridge: First-time author releases book of woodland ‘tails’

11:45 16 July 2014

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book

A debut children’s author is hoping to embark on a new career after discovering he had a flair for storytelling.

Callum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's bookCallum Welch, 20, of Woodbridge, has published his first children's book

Callum Welch, from Woodbridge, is nurturing a newly found passion for writing and illustrating, with the publication of his first book aimed at younger readers.

The 20-year-old left behind a college course in art and design last year after struggling to afford the cost of public transport following a motorcycling accident.

That summer, finding himself away from further education and unemployed, he sat down to try and pen a science-fiction story, but later decided to write about a group of animals learning to live and work together as a community.

Welcome to the Knotwood Family tells the tale of Holly and Pip Chestnut and their son Charlie - a family of red squirrels forced to look for a new home after their tree blows down, but introduced to the magical Knotwood Village by a lively young grey squirrel, Caroline.

The author and former Farlingaye High School student said: “I read a news article about wild beavers being discovered in this country for the first time in hundreds of years. It encouraged me to stop writing sci-fi and start writing about animals.

“I was also inspired by some of the books I remember from my childhood - like the Brambly Hedge stories.

“I’ve always been interested in illustration but until last year I hadn’t considered writing stories.

“I hope it’s something parents can read to their children.”

Mr Welch has already started working on another book - the second in the Chestnut Tails series.

Welcome to the Knotwood Family is available from online in paperback or as an e-book via chestnut-tails.com. The book is also being stocked by Woodbridge Books in The Thoroughfare.

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