Art in Celebration - Literature



1. Dominique Valente

Dominique Valente is fairly certain she has that disease where you grow younger the older you get, as the closest she got to being
a grown-up was during a brief glitch in her twenties and early thirties as a journalist. Thankfully, she came to her senses
and now spends most of her days in her pyjamas, dreaming about grumpy monsters, quirky dragons, and magic.

Born in South Africa with one arm, Starfell is in many ways a love-letter to anyone who has ever felt different or that they didn’t fit in.
She lives now in Suffolk with her husband and her snore-monster English bulldog, Fudge.     Website:

2. Marjoke Henrichs

Marjoke is reading her debut picture book, No! said Rabbit published in February 2021, followed by a drawing activity.
Her book has been shortlisted for the BookTrust Storytime Prize which celebrates and promotes the best books
for sharing with young children and is run in association with the CILIP Youth Libraries Group and BookTrust Storytime
is an exciting new library experience for families with children aged 0-5, launching in Autumn 2021.
Her website is:  and on  instagram

3. Joe Wilson

Author Joe Wilson talks about his book The island That Didn’t Exist, along with some atmospheric sight and sounds. Joe adds –
“Most of my writing before now has been as a journalist. My first book, ‘The Island That Didn’t Exist’, is an adventure story written for anyone
aged 9 years or older. If you like stories which twist and turn and fill your imagination with excitement then I hope you will love it!”

4. Cat Weldon

Cat Weldon is a debut children’s author from Suffolk who is a little bit obsessed with Vikings.
With an MA in Scriptwriting and a background in children’s theatre, Cat has also worked as an English
and Drama teacher – and in lots of other jobs where she can talk while waving her hands around wildly.

Cat lives with her husband, daughters, and collection of delinquent chickens.

Her debut novel How to be a Hero – The first in a hilarious and fast-paced trilogy about how to be brave, what it means to be a hero
and just how confusing the Norse Gods really are – was published in January 2021 and is fully illustrated throughout by Katie Kear.
The second in the series The land of Lost things followed in July 2021 and the third book, A Gathering of Giants is due January 2022.

Her website is;  and she is also on  Twitter @weldoncat

5. Vibeke Flatman

Ipswich based author Vibeke Flatman introduces her book At The End Of The Rainbow, featuring Alvin the little bird.
A reading of the book follows given by actress Miranda Raison.

6. Dorien Brouwers

Dorien Brouwers is an illustrator and picture book author also based in Suffolk. Her debut book was
The Remarkable Pigeon, folowed by Sail both published 2021. Her third  book is due out in 2022.
Dorien grew up in the Netherlands and moved to the UK where she obtained a first degree BA Hons in Graphic Design from the
University of Lincoln. She draws predominantly with watercolour, pen and ink developing a distinctive style rich in texture and detail.
Her websiteis:  and she can be found on  Instagram

7. Ipswich Children Book Group

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Founded in 1976, Ipswich Children’s Book Group is a member of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups,
a network of groups across the UK whose aim is to bring children and books together. Membership is open to
anyone interested in children’s books. Over the past forty five years the group has organised a range of book related activities.
These have included book fairs, author visits, picnics, talks on all aspects of children’s books and competitions.

The world of children’s books has changed greatly over the years, with a huge range of titles available.
Such a wealth ofchoice can be confusing and the group aims to offer advice on selecting children’s
books, as well as introducing children to the fun of reading through its activities.

Please note this video has no sound.

The following videos formed part of Arts in Celebration 2020 and Ipswich Arts Association
and ICBG are pleased to give viewers the opportunity to catch them again or see them for
the first time along with the entries above for the 2021 AIC event.

8. Ruth Fitzgerald

Ruth Fitzgerald, author of the Emily Sparkes series as well as Find Your Girl Squad written with Dr. Angharad Rudkin.
Ruth reads from, Emily Sparkes and the Backstage Blunder. Web:

9. Sophie Green

Sophie Green is a children’s author and a writer of short stories and comedy.  Sophie was born and still lives in East Anglia. She works
as a librarian for Suffolk Libraries. Sophie is author of the popular Potkin and Stubbs trilogy. Web:

10. Francesca Armour-Chelu

Francesca grew up by the Suffolk Coast. A Suffolk librarian and author of the Fenn Halflin series
and also The Butterfly Circus.  Web:

11. Beverley Birch

Beverley Birch introduces and talks about the background to her book Song Beneath the Tides
and also gives reading from the book.  web:
Song Beneath the Tides is published by Guppy Books.

12. Ann-Marie Howell

Ann -Marie Howell has written The Garden of Lost Secrets inspired by Ickworth and
The House of One Hundred Clocks set in Cambridge in 1905. Web:

13. Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson talks about her writing, the books she has published to date and new books due for future release.
Lisa also reads a chapter from her novella Owen and the Soldier. Web: