Last Saturday saw Talgarth Library play host to a very special event - the local launch of a new children's story - 'Drew, Moo and Bunny, too,' written by local author Prof Owen Sheers and illustrated by the Helen Stephens, all inspired by the life of young Drew Barker-Wright.
The event, organised by Jan Shivel, Vicky Fletcher & Cris Osborne of Talgarth Library Friends, attracted a capacity crowd, including many friends of the late Drew and his family, with his parents Jon & Mel Barker-Wright and grandparents Howard & Gaynor Barker at its heart.
Owen Sheers read extracts from the book and explained how it had been inspired, whilst fielding a range of questions from Talgarth Library's youngest readers. There was also an online interview with illustrator, Helen Stephens, who explained how she had captured the characters in Drew's world. Owen even brought along Captain Jack's rare-o-scope, with its magical powers.
Vicky Fletcher of Talgarth Library Friends commented:
'We at Talgarth Library are pleased to announce that we have the book on our shelves. It is also for sale here and at Talgarth Visitor Centre as well as online: dbwcharity.org/drews-gift All proceeds go towards vital Paediatric Chordoma research.
'It was great to see how the community responded to the invitation by coming together, sharing in the reading by Owen. Also to have some fun imagining where they would go and what they would like to see, if they took a ride on a magic carpet etc. The children also enjoyed some ships biscuits & chocolate bookworms as well.'
Drew's Mum, Mel Barker-Wright, expressed her thanks to the organisers, saying:
'What a lovely morning at Talgarth Library. We would especially like to thank Owen, as well as Jan, Vicky and Cris for making it possible.'