A children’s author is releasing a new book inspired by and set in Pinner.
When Robyn Wilson was walking around the local area with her children in tow, every day they would insist on swinging on a gate in Love Lane and were keen to point out that the big hedges looked like monsters.
This was enough to spark the imagination of writer and illustrator Robyn. She imagined what it could be that they were trying to keep in by shutting the gate, or perhaps what could they be letting out if they opened it.
From these musings came Hedge Lion, a picture book for children aged three to five that follows the eponymous character.
Hedge Lion wants everyone to see him as a hedge because he doesn’t want to scare anyone. But young Ida notices he’s a lion and thinks it’s time to help him find his lion’s roar.
The gate, as well as some houses and buildings from around Love Lane, will be recognisable in the book to local residents.
Robyn said: “The illustrations were all drawn during the second lockdown, with my children home from school, so my ability to get it done was thanks to the wonderful home-schooling provision from
West Lodge Primary.
“The images are all made with a dip pen and ink line, with coloured ink washes. There’s no digital editing of the artwork; I posted it all off and it was scanned and put straight in as it was. I’m hoping to organise an exhibition of the originals soon.”
Hedge Lion is Robyn’s fourth book and will be published on February 2. It will be available to purchase at all good bookshops and from her website at www.robynwilsonowen.com
Her previous books include Bloom, which was featured in The Sunday Times as children’s book of the week, and No Longer Alone, which was longlisted for the UKLA awards 2020.