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.
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.