Memoirs Books is working with children's author Beryl Organ to publish a series of books for under fives. Beryl Organ was born in Bristol in 1928 and soon developed a lifelong love of nature and a fascination for animals and flowers of all kinds. She has also had a lifelong passion for painting in both oils and watercolour. For many years she ran a modelling agency.
In 1972 she decided to try her hand at writing books about nature for children. Since then, at her home in Gloucester, she has written several books telling stories about animals and flowers, some in prose, others in verse.
After publishing Tiggy’s World and Benjy’s Magic Mantle in 2010, Beryl has now completed Tales of Mr Winkle, the story of a garden gnome, and is working on three books of verse for children entitled Animal Antics, Our Woodland Friends and ABC of Flowers.
Tales of Mr Winkle is about an old garden gnome who watches the comings and goings of his many animal friends and neighbours from his seat beside the pond. When the winter nights start drawing in Mr Winkle is sad to watch the squirrels, frogs, hedgehogs and songbirds disappear until next spring, but he has many other visitors to keep him company, particularly his friend Rudi the Robin – and he is soon joined by some unexpected friends to cheer him up.