I’m publishing a book!

I’m very excited (and equally nervous) to announce I’m about to publish a book: Seb and Polly Planet and their Ocean Quest. It’s an adventure story aimed at children age 5+ a illustrated chapter book, which empowers kids to PALL: Plastic A Lot Less.

Meet Sabrina, fondly known as Seb. She’s a spirited, warm-hearted girl who secretly stays up when she’s supposed to be asleep, hardly ever tidies her bedroom and loves adventure.

Seb makes an extraordinary friend and goes on a quest that could just help change the world …

15-Spot-2It’s already had fantastic reviews from children and organisations within the field.

With an emphatic, strong female superhero character (plus narwhals, a leatherback turtle and albatrosses!) Seb learns how to overcome the challenges she faces and the difference she is making.

Seb could see how the tusk twirled, then others joined him, she could see many tusks jutting out of the water. The sea was brimming with sea unicorns – narwhals -thanking Seb for PALL-ing.

21 Double page narwhalsFor anyone who has read my blog, you’re probably wondering how I, someone who struggles to put a sentence together on paper, can write a book?! Answer: with the help of a professional editor and copywriter, and the input of many friends, both personal and professional, who’ve been involved since I started the project back in 2014. They have helped bring my concept alive and given invaluable input & ideas into the story. It’s team work!

So, I’m publishing? Well, self-publishing to be exact, and to get that off the ground I’m crowdfunding in June, and we’re going to need your help! When the time comes, I’ll share the crowdfunder on my social media and on this blog.

You can find Seb and Polly Planet’s new facebook page here the main platform. 

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  • Launch Wednesday 5th June – #WorldEnvironmentDay 🌳
  • to be up and running on 8th June #WorldOceansDay 🐳
  • to finish 5th July during the epic month of #PlasticFreeJuly. Exciting! 🙌🏾

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The illustrator is artist and Mum-of-two Eve Bourrat. A professional illustrator working under the name Creat’eve illustration, based in beautiful Falmouth, Cornwall.

Eve was really keen to be involved in the project after hearing about it through a friend (where I stayed as an Air B&B guest!) I loved her style straight away, it’s vibrant and fun, with quirky characters created using digital media, and I’m honoured to be working with Eve. Her two boys can’t wait to see it in print!

For more extracts of the book, please go to the home page here.

Thank you for joining us in getting Seb and Polly and their Ocean Quest out there!  

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Guardian use one of my images

I was chuffed to see in my news feed today, an image I shot as the Guardian’s feature image in this article!

It’s from a series of images I made for the launch of #RefillLondon. As City’s to Sea’s main photographer, it’s fantastic, that I can use this skills to highlight solutions for plastic pollution.

When I started at photogrpahy college back in 2004 my main aim was to shoot photography as a means to positive change. And I am, which is a warm fuzzy feeling!

Anyway, enough of my waffle! Check out the article and the inspiring people who feature in it. 

 

 

TGI Friday’s is skipping plastic straws!

I was the first to speak to the CEO of TGI Friday’s about their plastic straw usage. That conversation helped prompt their actions to remove plastic straws at Friday’s UK. 🙌

With over 80 restaurants, serving literally thousands of people on a daily basis, this is a huge victory for preventing plastic pollution – at source!

So, why was I working in TGI Friday’s, a huge high street chain?

When we were starting out at City to Sea it was all hands on deck, but we didn’t have much in the way of budget coming in. So having just moved to Bristol and after 15 years I went back to waiting tables. Which was a shock to the system, I remembered it being easy?! Hard work yes, but in an easy way. It wasn’t. If you underestimate waiting tables, you’ve never done it!

During my interview at TGIs in 2015 I let my manager knew I was preventing plastic pollution, she was really encouraging and Friday’s welcomed me to the team. Giving me all the flexibility I needed to work on City to Sea. It also gave me the opportunity to encourage change, on a massive scale. So when Karen Forrester, the CEO was paying a store visit in 2016 I made sure I was there to chat with her … (I wasn’t missing that chance!) Karen was attentive took on what I said and we then conversed over email.

I then followed up that conversation with her manager, area manager and the right people at HQ, and now in just a couple of weeks single use plastic straws will be a thing of the past in TGI Friday’s UK!!

There’s always more large restaurants can do, but this is a fantastic start and may prompt other large chains to follow, and TGI Friday’s across the globe … How can they not?!

It’s a fantastic example of how conversations, with the right people really can inspire massive change. Aim high, and watch as plastic pollution prevention ripples out … Individuals actions add up, I’m a huge champion of that but I learnt in Portugal by going to the “top” we can inspire change on a big scale, making it easier for people, or normal for those they might not even know about plastic pollution Have a think … who could you talk to?

I left TGI Friday’s last Summer, after two years of waiting tables in the evenings and at weekends. I’m grateful to TGIs for all the support they gave me, and the friend’s I made there. Not to mention them ditching single use plastic straws!! 🙌🙌🙌

Remember; every refusal adds up, so does every conversation …

 

Read more about it here.