Above: Bizzy the Blenny and the treasure of the Fleet Lagoon front Cover © Nicola Dennis and Marc Smith
Below: Nicola with her silk painting © Nicola Dennis,
Front cover of ‘Follow me, follow you’ by Laura E James © Laura E James
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Chesil Beach Centre is delighted to be selling a new children’s book called ‘Bizzy the Blenny and the Treasure of the Fleet Lagoon’, written by local artist, Nicola Dennis and Chesil Centre officer, Marc Smith.
The book, which was launched at the centre on Wednesday 27th August, tells the story of fun and bold characters like 'Bizzy the Blenny' and 'Lesley the Limpet' and their lives in the Fleet Lagoon.
The story, which follows Bizzy’s adventure as he looks for treasure, is a fun way for children to learn about the importance of marine conservation, and the marine life that can be found in the Fleet Lagoon. 100% of the profit DWT makes from the book goes back into vital conservation work in Dorset, which includes protecting marine life.
Pictures by local artist, Nicola Dennis
The bright and engaging pictures were created by local artist, Nicola Dennis. Nicola said: “My inspiration for the illustrations came from a life-long interest in the marine environment. I have created the images for the book using traditional silk painting techniques, which allows the characters to be bright, fun and informative. Art is a wonderful way to draw attention to conservation issues, and the beauty that we may lose if nothing is done to protect it.”
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre Officer, Marc Smith said: “It has been such a pleasure working with Nicola on this book. Her creative mind and artistic talent has helped bring the spectacular marine life around Chesil and the Fleet Lagoon to life through art. The characters in the book were inspired by the wildlife that we find on our low tide walks and that can be seen on our underwater camera in the centre. We hope children and families enjoy sharing Bizzy’s story.”
How to purchase your copy
The book will be available in the Chesil Beach Centre shop for just £4.99 and online at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Shop
The Chesil Centre will also be hosting a book launch on Saturday 6th September for local author, Laura E James
Laura will be signing and talking about her new romance novel, “Follow me, follow you,” featuring Chesil Beach. She will be accompanied by three other local authors, Carol Hunt (author of the children’s books ‘The Portland Chronicles’), Kate Kelly (author of science fiction novel ‘Red Rock’) and Kathy Sharp (author of fantasy novel ‘Isle of Larus’), who will all be available for readings, book signings and sales, and an afternoon of chat about their books and the local area which inspired their work.
The book readings are free to attend. For more information about events at the Chesil Centre, please phone 01305 206191.
Notes to Editor
For more information about Nicola Dennis’ art work, please visit her website here
For more information about the authors attending on 6th September, please click on their names below:
Laura E James
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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