Having worked as a postman, an architect, a university professor and an urban development consultant, Sarah Holding is now a full-time children’s author, juggling writing with looking after a family of three children.
They live in London in a funny old house with a leaning tower. When she’s not writing she’s singing, and when she’s not singing she’s playing sax in her jazz band.
She says she knew there would always come a time when the abandoned island of St Kilda would feature somewhere in her life, little thinking it would be the setting for her first children’s book.
Author of The Seabean Trilogy, published by Medina Publishing, aimed at children 8-12/Young Adult. Classified as Fantasy/ Magical Realism/ Adventure series
Book #1: ‘SeaBEAN’, published September 2013, ISBN 9781909339125
Book #2: ‘SeaWAR’, published March 2014, ISBN 97819093390132
Book #3: ‘SeaRISE’, published November 2014, ISBN 97819093390149
Website address: www.seabeantrilogy.com
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Synopses of books:
It’s the year 2018: On the remote Scottish island of St Kilda, Alice and her five schoolmates await the arrival of their new teacher and Alice’s baby brother. But something else arrives unannounced – the C-Bean – a mysterious device capable of transporting them anywhere in the world. Their thrilling adventures in the C-Bean put their lives at risk as they find answers to their questions have far-reaching consequences.
It’s the year 1918: Left broken and beyond repair after their fateful last trip, the C-Bean is being fixed and gets accidentally sent back in time when Alice performs a reset with the help of its designer, Karla.
Things don’t go exactly as planned, and before they know it Alice, Karla and her new wartime companions embark on a journey through time to unearth some dark secrets from St Kilda’s past, and safeguard the future.
It’s the year 2118: Alice and her schoolmates find they have been abducted to the future in the C-Bean and imprisoned there by its inventor. Realising they must now know too much, yet trapped in a world they no longer understand, can they plan an escape route back to the present before it’s too late and the planet is ruined forever?
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers:
Sarah has had great success with her recent ‘Big Write’ workshop format devised specially for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival for use in secondary schools, in which she works with pupils to produce collaborative story ideas that are written onto the sides of a large black cube, like the C-Bean in her story.
She is an experienced speaker and presenter, and has now given talks on the SeaBEAN trilogy at more than 40 schools across the UK. She has appeared as a guest on Radio Brooklands, Kingston Green Radio, Fun Kids Radio, BBC Radio Surrey and Talk Radio Europe.
Recently, she has been running cross-curriculum interactive creative writing workshops in primary and secondary schools, to promote her trilogy, as well as working with the Rt Hon Ed Davey to devise an innovative thematic event to coincide with Climate Week in March 2014.
Sarah has proved to be a lively, open-minded and engaging author at literary festival events, has now done many book signings and even opened a new library.
Review comments on SeaBEAN to date:
‘Think Secret Island meets Dr Who’s Tardis and Greenpeace Junior. This non-stop adventure will excite imaginations and stimulate eco-debates to leave young readers asking when SeaBEAN 2 is coming.’ - The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
‘A different way of introducing children to environmental issues … the thermochromic covers are a great idea.’ - Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE FRSL
‘Sarah Holding has very cleverly woven contemporary issues and concerns affecting St Kilda, Scotland and the world into a great kids adventure story.’ - Susan Bain Western Isles Manager, National Trust for Scotland
‘Written with an economy of language that belies its debut status... straightforward without being obvious... this is a rare talent indeed.’ – Treasury Islands
‘Flawlessly written, the language is simple and straightforward but not condescending for young readers... the pace romps along with constant changes of venue and lots of adventure.’ - Best Book Review
‘I love the way that the C-Bean can do anything and allows them to travel around the world. I particularly like the talking parrot and the dog Spix and Spex. The cover is cool when it heats up to show the sea, clouds and lightning.’ – Ellen Barnette, aged 10