What`s it all about?
Not Just Stories consists of a range of 8 children’s picture books which tackle important issues in a light-hearted way, using engaging, likeable animal characters. The key message is that we are ‘Not Just’ one thing: Life’s Big Messages for Life’s Little People. The idea was conceived by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lynne and her artist husband Michael who are passionate about telling stories through a creative mediu
We all have personalities that are rich and unique – nobody is ‘just one thing’ and we can adapt and learn to think in different ways from a very early age.
Lynne is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 20 years NHS experience, including being the Clinical Lead for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Lancashire and lead Consultant Psychologist for adolescent inpatient services. Lynne left the NHS to take up the post of Clinical Director for schools based charity Place2Be – part of the Heads Together campaign led by the young Royals – and is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at Xenzone.com – leading the way in children’s digital mental health services since 2001. Passionate about driving best practice at a national level Lynne was extremely privileged to be invited to No 10 Downing Street in early 2020 to contribute to a round table discussion about chiren`s mental heath. Whilst published in the academic arena, she is very excited to be writing for children, inspired by a strong desire to instil key messages from an early age to help keep young people emotionally well and happy.
Having studied at Glasgow School of Art and worked within the creative industries for over 20 years, Michael is delighted to be teaming up with his wife to bring her words to life through fun and quirky illustrations. Michael has a studio base in an old Mill where he paints on a daily basis. He is currently working towards a solo exhibition of his artwork at a north west gallery and is also developing a creative centre for like minded creatives in an old Lancashire mill.
HERE`S ONE OF THE BOOKS…hope you like…it`s about Stanley the squirrel
So where are we now?
All of the books and been written and four of them have been illustrated so far with number 5 nearly finished. We would love to partner up with an organisation or publisher who might be able to work with us and steer us forwards. We appreciate the work that is still needed to take it all to the next level so tweaks on the writing and illustrations to make this work would be great. Please get in touch if you like what you see so far and would like to see more.
Not Just Stories Ltd
Primrose Mill, Primrose Hill, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4BX