NOTES FROM SANDRA AT SMH

JOSTLING WITH THE PEARS

The front cover illustration for JOSTLING WITH THE PEARS was drawn by Euan Dunn, whose cartoons for our WITHIN THE GLADE - Poems for Children (of all ages) by Patrick Moore, have been hailed as little masterpieces.

Euan Dunn (Head of Marine Policy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which he describes as his 'day job') also provided two beautiful inter-textual drawings for 'JOSTLING'. These compliment the nostalgic sixteen pages of full-colour photographs, long carefully saved by the author.

POETRY TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

As a long-time published poet and lover of other people's poetry, too, I am totally committed to encouraging people to write poetry. For me, it is the greatest, most versatile, and most accessible art form.

On the front flyleaf of WITHIN THE GLADE, the late and great Sir Patrick Moore's poems for Children (of all ages!), I incorporated a mini-lecture!

THE LUCKY ONES

For two decades, I worked on this series, inspired-by and based-on THE EIGHT BEATITUDES, Jesus' teaching during the Sermon on the Mount. They are now finished, and ready to be performed on television or radio - although the plays were first written, each complete in itself, or as a series, for TV.

First conceived as Christian guidelines, they nevertheless highlight moral issues relevant to ALL faiths and creeds today.

CHRISTMAS PLAYS FOR CHILDREN

CHRISTMAS PLAYS were written for my own four children, when small; one a year, over a period of five years. They were performed in our Chelsea mansion flat, to entertain family, friends and neighbours - and they did! Quite undated (except perhaps that I am "Mummy", not "Mum"!), they are short, simple plays, requiring no special scenery, and very few props, for children aged between five and thirteen, and they can equally easily be put on either at home or at school. The names can of course be changed to suit any cast.