One of the benefits of being a bookseller is that we sell books to all sorts of interesting people - some of which often include book authors. I mentioned before I sold books to Ronald Searle, well this time I write about selling a book to one of 'our' children's authors family - Kathleen O'Farrells daughter, Annie. Whilst 'chatting' Annie said that she thought her mum would be happy to write a bit about her life for us (Peakirk Books) to put on our website - which we have, and I thought I would put it on our blog too. Thus below, is the piece she wrote for us, last april.
Kathleen O'Farrell - Children's Book
following was written by Kathleen in April 2011 for Peakirk
I was born in 1924
in a village in Surrey. I started writing poetry while at school, then went on
to write children's books in my twenties, while working in a city bank. My dear
dad paid £5.00 for my first book of children's poetry 'Little Poems for Little
People' to be published when I was a schoolgirl in wartime.
After I married I wrote more and
more. Having six children provided plenty of inspiration! I still loved, and
continued to write poetry and eventually went on to submit short stories to
magazines including 'The Lady', 'Peoples Friend', 'My weekly' and 'Grace'. Very
many stories and Poems have been published in these magazines, also in various
gift books and annuals such as The Fireside Book and
Many of my children's books were
translated into several foreign languages and my poems have been reprinted as
far away as New Zealand.
I am still writing, though output is
not as much now and I will carry on as long as I can hold a pen. I have always
written in long-hand before transferring onto a typewriter and have never used a
I am unable to think of a more
delightful hobby, or source of income, than writing. Through my work I have
accumulated numerous pen-friends over the years, many with their own interesting
tales to tell. Many of my stories and poems are based on fact, gleaned from
people I've met, perhaps for only a little while but who have made a lasting
impression on me.
In total I have had 15 children's
books published and 3 books of poetry together with hundreds of poems and short
stories for other publications.
My passions in life have always been
my writing, my family, including my many grand-children and my pets. My daughter
recently told me that I see beauty in everything around me and I would like
to think that is true.
We would like to thank Kathleen O'Farrell and
her daughter Annie for taking the time to prepare and write the above for our