A West Midlands author who was inspired to write a children’s book based on her parent’s Windrush journey, is taking part in a special storytelling event aimed at families this weekend.

Local writer G.M. Linton will be coming to the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 20 May for a free and inclusive event celebrating the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain in June 1948.

During the event – which is aimed at families and children aged 8-12 – Linton will celebrate the original Windrush generation and their lasting legacy. Her own parents came to Britain as part of arrivals from Jamaica in the 1950s.

She will also invite children to celebrate their own family heritage and community – all the things that make each of us who we are and able to shine bright, just like her new book’s main character: Sunshine Simpson.

The author tapped into her Jamaican heritage when writing her debut novel which explores the story of a young girl and her beautiful bond with her grandfather.

My Name is Sunshine Simpson – published this month by Usborne – is a warmhearted tale celebrating friendship and family, love and loss, and being proud of who you are.

The 320-page book also includes little facts about important Black figures, past and present, which the author hopes will educate and inspire young readers.

G.M. Linton's debut novel celebrates family, friendship, love, loss and being proud of who you areChantelle Hazelden
G.M. Linton’s debut novel celebrates family, friendship, love, loss and being proud of who you are

Talking about the novel, Linton said: “I really wanted to write a story that celebrated the people I knew: a story that encompasses kindness, wisdom, humour and bravery.

“The ‘Windrush’ generation is a treasure that should never be lost or forgotten.

“I also wanted to capture some of the feelings of what it is like negotiating your way through life at the very beginning of growing up, which is something we all have to go through, no matter our background or culture.”

Linton’s debut novel already has a sequel planned, Sunshine Simpson Cooks Up a Storm and the Key Stage 2 series is suitable for ages 8+.

The free event will take place at the Library of Birmingham, Story Steps, on Saturday 20 May at 11.30am-12.30pm. You can book your space here.

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