In 2016, authors Jo Allmond and Joy Thomas met at the Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival. After discovering that they were both mothers and carers of disabled children, and realising that there was a need to help others with a disability to have a voice, the idea for Silent Voices was born.
Silent Voices is a selection of poems written by those not always heard. The response to the book was incredible; with poems contributed around topics such as dementia, mental health issues, physical disabilities and carers.
She’s Still My Nan
You may already know Jo as co-author of the Jess the Goth Fairy book series, with two successful books already released. The next book in the series – She’s Still My Nan – will be launched in July, with an official book signing taking place in Waterstones in Redditch on 19 August.
This book introduces us to Jess the Goth Fairy’s family. Jess the Goth Fairy loves her Nan so much, but recently she’s been unwell which makes Jess very sad. With the help of Dr Paul, jess begins to understand the changes in her Nan and realises she’s still the same on the inside.
Jess Hiles, co-author of the book, hopes this book will help everyone (able and disabled) understand a little more about dementia and realise that it is okay to be different as we are all the same inside.