Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, CheshireIlustrator Emma Baldwin

This year I have an exciting commission as children’s author to the National Trust house Quarry Bank Mill, in Styal, Cheshire.

I’ll be involved in several public events there during the year, and will post them on this site as they come up. I hope I’ll see you at some of them! Currently I’m involved in writing six stories about some of the people closely associated with Quarry Bank’s history. I’m telling travellers’ tales about the some of the owners as well as workers, and the series is called Journeys of the Imagination. The stories will be illustrated by Emma Baldwin, and they are looking really lovely already.

I feel a particular connection with Quarry Bank, as the apprentice house in my novel Far From Home is based on the one at the Mill. In my story, Jim Jarvis’s sisters Emily and Lizzie work in a mill that is very similar to Quarry Bank, and live in the apprentice house.


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