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Billsper's adventures lead Haverhill author Gillian Luckett to a debut publication




A first-time author has drawn on memories of time shared with her own children to write an illustrated book for young children about the adventures of a friendly spider.

Gillian Luckett, of Blenheim Close, in Haverhill, has penned the story, Billsper the Spider, which is now available to buy on Amazon.

She said: “I’ve always liked creative writing anyway and I attend creative writing groups and one of the things that we did was write a children’s story.

Gillian Luckett has written her first illustrated children's book, Billsper the Spider, which is now available on Amazon. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Gillian Luckett has written her first illustrated children's book, Billsper the Spider, which is now available on Amazon. Picture by Mecha Morton.

My children (Andrew and Emma) are in their 30s now but from years back we had a spider in an armchair and we called it Billsper.

“From that I thought I would write about Billsper.”

The decision to take the plunge and write the book, which is suitable for pre-school to primary school age children, was finally made, explained Gillian, when she attended a one-day retreat for writers last summer, run by her publisher, Cara Thurlbourn.

The illustrations for the book have been done by London-based artist Millie Bicknelle, although at one point, said Gillian, her own 11-year-old grand-daughter had wanted to do it, but her schooling at Samuel Ward Academy ultimately took up too much of her time.

Billsper the Spider also has his own Facebook page.



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