Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School, New St, Oundle
Miriam is an experienced writer and poet whose work has been met with great praise. She has published four novels and three collections of poetry, as well as short stories and education resources. Her young-adult novel, Hidden, was a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. It has recently been staged in a small Paris theatre.
Miriam leads creative writing workshops and is a frequent guest at literary festivals, conferences, schools and universities in the UK and on the Continent. Her latest novel, The Emergency Zoo, was published in May 2016 and is inspired by real events during the Second World War, when around 750,000 pets were destroyed at the start of the war. It is a touching tale of courage, resourcefulness and camaraderie in desperate times, as well as a stirring defence of animal welfare. Miriam is based in London.
The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy
It is 1939 and Britain is about to go to war. Twelve-year-old Tilly and her friend Rosy spend the school summer holidays making a secret den and playing with their beloved pets. To their horror, the Ministry of Home Security advises people to have their pets destroyed, fearing they will not be able to cope if Britain is bombed. Desperate to save their pets, and defying their parents, Tilly and Rosy hide them in the den. Word gets around and other children bring their pets to the hut, and the Emergency Zoo is born. But the zoo brings its own problems. The girls are about to be evacuated, and they have to find someone to care for the pets. Tilly comes up with a daring plan which might just save the animals’ lives, and with the help of Rosy and the new friends they have made from the zoo, she puts it into action. Miriam Halahmy has written a warm and touching story of friendship, courage and loyalty. A lovely and moving book.
Recommended for 7-12 year-olds.
Tickets £5 available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.
Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk
Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is sponsored by Oundle Veterinary Surgery.