Blyth author aims to turn the tide on ocean waste

An author is hoping to turn the tide against waste in oceans and seas through the power of words.

Thursday, 31st October 2019, 10:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 1:41 pm
Lauren Davies and her son Bo Reef enjoy their book Little Turtle Turns the Tide. Picture by John Millard.

Author, screenwriter and film producer Lauren Davies teamed up with illustrator Nico Williams to create an environmental children’s book.

The book – ‘Little Turtle Turns The Tide’ – is aimed at children aged three to seven.

It is a book about ocean plastics with a positive, environmental message, inspired by Lauren’s own five-year-old son and mini activist, Bo Reef.

Blyth-based Lauren said: “We are passionate about the environment and wanted to highlight the plastic pollution problem with a beautiful story aimed at young children.

“In the story, the baby turtle goes out into the world with his friends to gather a mini army of children to turn the tide of ocean plastics.

“Our aim is to teach young children about this subject and to inspire them to be heroes and to work together to make a difference. It is a beautiful book.

“The book is being published using an environmentally conscious printer. A percentage of the proceeds go back to the environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.”

Bo’s school – Seaton Sluice First School – have created campaign posters to delivered to MPs at the Houses of Parliament while they are also creating a musical performance to a classical score, written by headteacher Amanda Bennett.

Lauren said: “We plan to create recycled instruments and costumes. The children are inspired to be eco heroes!”

The book is being published using an environmentally conscious printer. A percentage of the proceeds go back to the environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.

And the publishers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to spread the message and to build a community behind it, encouraging people to make change.

Via the Kickstarter, people can pre-purchase single books, family packs, organic Eco Hero T-shirts, classroom packs of 30, and the ‘game changer’ pack of 200 copies for a primary school, or a community.