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OUR WEE PLACE is going to be published by The O'Brien Press in Spring 2025 - Ellan and I couldn't be more delighted! We get so many enquiries from readers who would love their own copy of this book and now OUR WEE PLACE will finally be available in bookshops. I'll keep you posted with dates and buying links as soon as I can. SO SO EXCITING


Written by me and illustrated by the very amazing Ellan Rankin, OUR WEE PLACE follows the adventures of a little girl, Emily, and her Granda as they journey across Northern Ireland.


"This is just the sweetest story, full of love: love of specific places, love between generations and siblings, and love between small friends - even when they fall out. It’ll be such a special shared experience for the lucky children given it to enjoy, every word and image ❤️"
Imogen Russell Williams, Children's Books reviewer for The Guardian & TLS

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Originally the book was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) as part of the ‘Our Story in the Making’ programme which marked the centenary of Northern Ireland,  a copy of the book was offered to every child who started P1 in 2021 and copies were given to libraries across Northern Ireland.


As a wee girl growing up in Northern Ireland I never really saw places I knew or voices I recognised in any of the books that I read or had read to me. It felt very important to make sure that the children who read Our Wee Place can see themselves and hear themselves represented in these pages.


This is a story for ALL children in all communities in Northern Ireland and it celebrates the things I'm most proud of about where I'm from. It's a book that is hopeful, positive and inclusive.

There has been so much love for this book! Thank you to everyone who has taken OUR WEE PLACE into your heart - we can't wait for the book to be more widely available and we hope it inspires many adventures like this...

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