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Haverhill writer pledges to give away hundreds of copies of her debut book to help protect bees

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A first-time author has pledged to give away 500 copies of her illustrated children’s story as part of her mission to save bees and raise awareness of their importance.

Nan Eshelby’s book, Bombus and the Beeline, is a rhyming picture and colouring book that she wrote to encourage children to help bees by growing wildflowers.

Last week Nan, now retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry, visited Burton End Primary Academy, in Haverhill, to give a first ever reading of her book, and to give some of them away.

Nan Eshelby with a copy of her first children's story, Bombus and the Beeline.
Nan Eshelby with a copy of her first children's story, Bombus and the Beeline.

Nan is originally from Scotland, has lived in Haverhill for 10 years and has grown children of her own and the protection of bees and their habitats is an issue that has always been close to her heart.

She said: “My career has always been about helping people as I worked in medical research so I have just adapted from people to helping bees!

“I want to help children and their families to help bees and so I have written and illustrated a rhyming book for age four to six.

“I would like to make a difference by raising awareness with children about bees and hopefully encourage them to grow flowers, which can be easily done by leaving an area of lawn to grow high and/or plant wildflower seeds or even use a plant pot or window box and if we all do this then we can create a beeline.

“The book also has pages that the children can colour and an appendix with lots of fun bee facts.

“I am self-funded and I am planning to give away 500 books to children via school readings.”

Nan will also sell books via her website or online with some book sellers, including Harris and Harris Books, in Clare, and has said that any profit will be used to fund a second book to help wildlife.

She added: “If I’m lucky I could even give seeds out to schools out reach out to community groups.

“Burton End Primary Academy was my first reading and book give away and I received great feedback and thank all the pupils and staff for their kind attention and in particular Jess, Carly and Miss Newman.”

If any other local primary schools would like a reading and book give away then they are invited by Nan to contact her on bombusthebee@gmailcom.

A visit to Clare Primary School has been agreed for November, confirmed Nan, who also thanked Leiston Press, in Leiston, Suffolk,
for its help in getting her book into print.