Bramble will fly into Amble for festival

Bramble by Pisca Furlong
Bramble by Pisca Furlong

A new children’s picture book which tells the story of a cute little bird has been launched to celebrate a quirky event and raise money to support a nearby nature reserve.

Bramble of Amble has been written and illustrated by Prisca Furlong, especially for this year’s Amble Puffin Festival, which runs from Monday, May 25, to Sunday, May 31.

A contribution of 40p from the sale of each book will go directly to help the work of the RSPB on Coquet Island, which is home to thousands of puffins.

The story follows Bramble, who flaps into Amble from Coquet Island during the puffin festival.

Prisca, who is from Lincolnshire and has been writing children’s books since 1978, said: “I really enjoyed writing the book and it gave me an attractive little bird to illustrate.

“I hope the book is popular. If it is, then there may be a sequel next year.”

A limited edition of 100 copies, priced £3, will be on sale in Amble Town Square on May 25 and 26. They will also be available on the Tuesday during a talk by Dr Paul Morrison about the RSPB’s work on Coquet Island, which takes place at 7pm in the town’s Mark’s Church.

The book can be ordered now for £5, including postage and package, via