About her work
As part of her Ambassadorial commitment to Child Friendly Leeds, Donna has just finished working on her new book 'Candlelighters Cottage' for Cllr Jane Dowson - Lord Mayor of Leeds 2017/18 in support of her Mayoral Charity - Candlelighters Trust (Candlelighters.org.uk). This magical illustrated children's book can be purchased now in Donna's book store . ALL proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to Candlelighters Trust (Candlelighters.org.uk).
Her debut children’s book The Squizzle, a cosmic adventure written entirely in rhyming couplets, saw her nominated for a People’s Book Prize Award in 2013. It was received to critical acclaim and has driven Donna to look into even more challenging topics;
...... “The book is fantastically creative and imaginative, whilst the verse is impressively constructed”… Barney Goodland, Magic Light Pictures – The Gruffallo Movie
Donna’s teen novel, SNAP OUT OF IT, was released 1st October 2017 to coincide with World Mental Health Day 10th October.
The novel offers a much needed glimpse into the difficult and turbulent lives of teenagers and the negative impact that social media can have on them. Mental Health, identity and sexuality is the focus for this sensitive, yet witty TEEN novel, sharing the journeys of Bea, battling an eating disorder and Boggy whose life has become almost unbearable with OCD.
"This book certainly delivers. It carefully navigates the struggles of the two main characters in a most powerful and thought provoking way, sensitively tackling many of the difficulties surrounding Mental Health, Sexuality and Identity in teenagers today. Highly recommended". - Men Get Eating Disorders Too (www.mengetedstoo.co.uk)
Here are few of the articles Donna has written to help raise awareness about the plight of the oceans.
(due to the graphic content they may need some parental supervision.)
docs/debacle15 (see Page 18)
Blue Cove Days
A Cetacean Cyclone