Who Am I?
Prickly Hedge is run by me, Yvonne Richards. I live in the West Midlands in my very own Prickly Hedge – a beautiful garden that is home to all manner of wildlife.
This gave me the idea to create Bubble and Squeek, two hedgehogs who have fun and adventures in the garden they call their own, namely Prickly Hedge. Through the stories and their adventures, they learn how best to help all their wildlife friends. It is hoped that this will inspire young readers to engage more with wildlife and hopefully begin to not only help preserve it but create habitats in which it can thrive.
Bubble and Squeek, two hedgehog friends live at Prickly Hedge, where all sorts of animals live in harmony together. There are foxes, badgers, owls, butterflies, birds and insects and our two friends are tasked with finding out what they each need to help them thrive. Through the stories, children will learn how best to help the wildlife they love through really simple tasks like building log piles, recycling and even if they don’t have a garden, how a simple pot of lavender on a doorstep can make a difference.
The aim of the Prickly Hedge brand is to let children know that all their actions, however big or small, do matter as we fight to maintain the ecological diversity of our beautiful planet. This book is a story of the much-maligned badger and how a little tolerance, compassion and understanding of their plight can make a BIG difference to saving them. It champions friendship and tolerance above all else and in future books, the friends will learn more about their wildlife friends and how we can help them thrive. The aims of the stories are to help children:
Look after their environment by helping wildlife.
- Do simple things like planting herbs or lavender.
- Grow in confidence and self-worth in their ability to make a difference.
- Gain a deeper sense of connection to wildlife and nature in our digitally-led world
- Be more tolerant and inclusive of others because they are our best advocates.
- Foster a love of nature and help us all re-wild ourselves
So, whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, carer or teacher, this book will serve as a springboard to helping your little one’s find easy ways to help the wildlife they love and the natural world they will need to preserve for our future.
Tell us more about you
I live in a small village on the edge of the greenbelt in the West Midlands, between Birmingham and Worcester.
I’ve always loved writing, since I was a child and I’ve always wanted to be an author. I didn’t start writing more regularly though until around 2000.
No, I’ve written short stories, poems, fanfic and romance novels.
I’ve always loved teaching children, I used to help out at my kid’s primary school with reading and our children are THE best advocates for the world we all want to live in, one that is happy, peaceful and where all life forms are cherished and protected.
Yes, I have two boys, the eldest is 30 and the youngest, 29. They are both working in the fields of IT, one as a Helpdesk Engineer and the other a Games Software Developer.
We moved into our house 30 years ago and discovered, due to a piece of land in our street, that we were in a unique position of having a plethora of wildlife on our doorstep from bats to badgers. We have Blue Jays, Green woodpeckers, tawny owls, a myriad of birds from sparrows to starlings, frogs – foxes – the list is endless. It makes us appreciate wildlife all the more. We have always left a good third of our garden for wildlife, it has lots of trees as it was once an orchard that was actually camped on by Buffalo Bill on his tour of the UK. So, lots of history.
We had a little hedgehog at one time and the name Prickly Hedge came from that. Bubble and Squeek just popped into my head one day, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I love history, particularly Egyptian and Tudor, genealogy (tracing my family history), DIY, some gardening when the weather is good, lol. I like crafting but don’t get much time for that and I enjoy sewing and creating some of my own clothes. I really love the architecture of churches and find the stained glass in churches utterly amazing. I have an eclectic range of tastes and like most things except sports – with the exception of ice dance – and violent films etc.
I don’t do physical author visits as it’s difficult for me to travel with some of my health issues. However, I am putting together a package of virtual visits. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Whilst I don’t travel out to do in-person school visits, I’m sure that in future I will be doing book signings etc and if I can build things in around any personal travel plans then I will. I’ll post up any visits on the site as and when they happen.
I have a FB page, a Twitter account, Instagram and Pinterest as well as a Youtube channel. All of those sites are accessible through the icons at the bottom of the website page.
I am also on Smashwords, Bookbub and Goodreads. So plenty of places to find me.
Yes, we have an audio book out, available from the shop and also t-shirt transfers, nursery prints and more coming soon.
Here’s the link
I contribute to a pro-EU radio show, Sixteen Million Rising that airs to 50,000 listeners each Monday on Mixcloud by running their poetry corner, curating and reading pro-European and/or political poetry as well as other more poignant offerings as and when the situation demands.
What Do We Offer?
Books, audiobooks, merchandise such as t-shirt transfers and nursery prints, together with lots of free resources for indoor and outdoor activities.
Illustrated picture books capturing the friendship of Bubble and Squeek as they try to help their wildlife friends to survive.
Let your little one listen to the audiobook or you can listen together as you read along with the book.
Who Lives at Prickly Hedge?
Who are the Prickly Hedge animals? At the moment, we only have Bubble and Squeek and Belinda, but more and more charactes will be introduced with each successive book.