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Daughter inspires Diss illustrator to publish children's book




A Diss illustrator has been inspired by her daughter, Edie, to realise her dream of publishing her own children’s book.

Kayleigh O’Mara has launched a kick-starter campaign to raise £1,500 to fund the printing and publication of Owl’s New Home.

Initially, the 31-year-old wrote and illustrated the story 10 years ago, and it was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for children’s books.

Daughter Edie was the inspiration for illustrator Kayleigh O’Mara to realise her dream. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Daughter Edie was the inspiration for illustrator Kayleigh O’Mara to realise her dream. Picture by Mecha Morton.

“Sadly, it was packed away in my portfolio and stayed there – pretty much forgotten while my life carried on,” said Kayleigh.

“But one day, I came across the original copy and read it to Edie.”

The 18-month-old loved the book and the colourful pictures, which made Kayleigh realise that there were probably lots of other children who would enjoy it just as much.

“From that point, I decided I just had to create a new, updated version and get it out there,” she added.

Owl’s New Home tells a story of friendship and belonging, which Kayleigh thinks makes it perfect for teaching children about what is truly important in life.

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To support Kayleigh, visit www.kickstarter.com.


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