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Joan Lennon and the da Vinci Connection

10th Sep 2013

Today we're featuring Joan Lennon, a children's author from Canada who has lived in Scotland for so long we can surely call her an honorary Scot. After spending a year on a Hebridean island in 1978, Joan decided that this is where she wanted to stay. After all, as she says, in Scotland you'd have to try really hard to find a window that isn't worth looking out of.
Inspiration for The Ferret Princess

Inspiration for The Ferret Princess

Joan has written more than twenty books for children of all ages. At BOOKMARK, she will be talking about Tales from the Turrets, an omnibus edition of three medieval adventure stories involving a ferret princess, a dog called Wag and a stable boy who turns hero. Participants will also have the pleasure of meeting Joan's travelling companions, a suitcase full of brightly coloured ferrets who will help her bring the stories alive. 

For more information about Tales from the Turrets and some extracts, click here.  

Parents - and children too, of course - might like to know that Joan originally got the idea for The Ferret Princess from a famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, deemed to rival the Mona Lisa. Although titled Lady with an Ermine, the animal the lady is holding is considered much more likely to be a ferret. 

When she isn't busy writing, Joan can often be found at her other job, teaching piano; or possibly looking out of a window. 



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