|Photo courtesy of Sandy Pages Noosa Bookshop|
This week I hand delivered two more copies of At The End of Holyrood Lane to a nearby neighbour, someone I did not know well but someone who touched my soul in a profound way simply because she was willing to bare hers. We sat and chatted for a while. We shared coffee and a mutual understanding that quickly cemented into deep respect. We wept a little and we parted better for the encounter.
'I had issues with domestic violence...I'm so impressed with what you are doing and I really want to do something, too.
People think only stupid girls or druggies or people from bad families get themselves in these situations and that's not the case, not for me.
There is so much power in a book...
I LOVE this book and all the careful thought put into the words and illustrations...the antique rug (you're not allowed to touch or play on), the precious mahogany dresser, the roses nearly every abusive man buys after the storm.
Emotions leap out of the pages in a way only someone with intense empathy or understanding could portray.
Keep making more books like this.
I was going to do something to help women in a similar situation (to mine) and you've reminded me of that. Thank you.'*
No, thank you. I respect each and every review I get as an author, but no words move me more than those from someone who has been touched by my words. Someone who not only recognises the intent and heart I (and the illustrator) work so determinedly to imbue in each story but also, blessedly, understands and appreciates them in ways I can barely comprehend. This is why I write.
Knowing she will share this story with her children makes Flick and I happy.
If you are keen to do something for those suffering domestic violence or in need of support, please visit my site which lists a number of organisations who can help.
For comprehensive downloadable Teacher's Notes visit my site or click, here.
If you'd like to chat more about my book, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It could be a profound moment for us both.
* reproduced with permission
At the End of Holyrood Lane - a poignant yet uplifting picture book that deals with domestic violence in a way that provides understanding and offers hope to young children.
Published by EK Books
Written by Dimity Powell
Illustrated by Nicky Johnston
Available in all great bookshops, online and via Nicky or Dimity