A retired schoolteacher has written a book which she hopes will raise money for The Children’s Society.
Joan Renfree took up creative writing after she finished a 16-year spell of teaching part-time at Uffington Primary School.
She is part of an informal writing group which meets at Empingham and has written short stories and had plays performed at Stamford’s All Saints’ Church.
Joan, who lives in Cedar Road, Stamford has self-published the 60-page book which was printed by Spiegl Press and launched last weekend.
Called Hide and Seek in Thoresby Park, it is set during the Second World War in an area of Nottinghamshire known as The Dukeries. It is aimed at youngsters agedseven, eight or nine and has been illustrated by her friend Derek Twells.
“It is a story set in Thoresby Park where the Army was stationed during the war and where I lived as a child and went to school,” said Joan.
She describes the book as a wartime mystery story with children playing detective to find a German airman who has crashed near their village and is hiding out and living off the land. All the sites in the story are real and based on Joan’s childhood memories.
“I just thought if I was going to do this, with very good help from members of the writing group, I wanted it to be of some help to a worthy cause,” Joan said.
The book is on sale locally at Walkers Bookshops, priced at £5.