Graffeg News July 2024


New picture book by Margaret Anne Suggs looks at the issues of migration, acceptance and community

18 July 2024

Paperback | 36 pages  

230 x 230mm | Ages 5-7 | £7.99 |
ISBN 9781802587050

Celebrated Irish illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs has written and illustrated The Dandelion’s Tale, an allegorical story about migration depicted through a family of dandelions. The story has already received international recognition, having been previously longlisted for the dPictus Unpublished Picturebook Showcase. Through this gentle and beautifully illustrated book, children will not only see the benefits of embracing all the flowers in the garden but will also understand the importance of accepting those who may be new in their local community. 

Margaret Anne Suggs says, ‘I believe that to foster empathy, every child should have stories about the experiences of immigrants. In this allegory, the dandelions – who are just weeds after all – are made to move on when they are confronted with tools, machines and potions. They float away, taking their hopes with them, and journey to find a peaceful place to reseed and settle.’

Margaret Anne Suggs is a children’s book illustrator and has published over a dozen books in four different languages. Margaret Anne was raised in the American Deep South but moved to Dublin, Ireland to pursue a Master’s Degree at the National College of Art and Design. She serves on the Board of Directors for both Illustrators Ireland and the International Board on Books for Young People Ireland (IBBYIre). She lectures part-time at Ballyfermot College, where she founded the illustration course (Higher National Diploma).


RHS Hampton Court Palace with Sue Kent

RHS Hampton Court Palace

Get Growing Festival Stage

11am and 3pm, 02 July 2024

Sue Kent, author of the accessible, perennial gardening notebook Garden Notes, will be speaking on how to create flower borders for easy management and colour joy. You can listen to Sue deliver this insightful talk at the 11am or 3pm session.

Bucked in the Yarn
Launch Event

Dawe's Twineworks, Somerset

20 July 2024

Bucked in the Yarn, Terry Stevens' fascinating account of the remarkable maritime heritage of three small Somerset villages who created a new global standard of sailcloth, Coker Canvas, will be launched at a closed event this month at the historic Dawe's Twineworks, Somerset. Copies are available for pre-order now.

Melita Thomas
at Harvington Hall
History Festival

Harvington History Festival

Harvington Hall

11.00am, 27 July 2024

Be entertained listening to the fascinating lives of the Tudors as author Melita Thomas discusses 1000 Tudor People, vividly revealing many fascinating stories based on her meticulous research.  

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Nature in Art, Gloucester
23 July – 01 September 2024

This renowned exhibition celebrates British wildlife and wild spaces through a collection of inspirational images, showcasing the best of our natural heritage. Entry to this exhibition is included in the admission price to the museum.


Catch up on recent releases and events in last month's June News.
Below are a selection of stories you may have missed.

David Moore Literary Festival Appearances

Ray Howard-Jones author David Moore appeared at two literary festivals during June.

At Monty Literature Festival on 08 June David talked about the book with Freida Hughes, while at Penarth Literary Festival on 23 June he joined Dr Ceri Thomas and art historian Stella Grace Lyons for an afternoon of artistic discussion.

Find out more about the Ray Howard-Jones book here.

Sue Kent on Gardeners' World Live

Sue Kent, author of the accessible, perennial gardening notebook Garden Notes, shared top gardening advice, tips and techniques during the day at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Theatre on 14 June.

Find out more about Garden Notes here.

Melita Thomas
at Lisvane Book Festival

1000 Tudor People author Melita Thomas looked at the incredible lives of Tudor individuals from all walks of life during her event at Lisvane Book Festival on 8 June.

Find out more about 1000 Tudor People here.

A Day of Tudor Talks at Southwark Cathedral

On 22 June Melita Thomas spoke on Mary I and Marie of Guise during an exciting day of talks on the intense rivalry between the Tudor and Stuart families at Southwark Cathedral.

Visit Melita's website for to find out more about her upcoming talks and events near you.

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