A brand new short story revisits ideas raised in the popular Doctor Who story, The Green Death – and is inspired by real events!
Sue Hampton, the award-winning author of Candy Jar Books’ first Lucy Wilson instalment, Avatars of the Intelligence, has been arrested. On 15th April 2019, Sue peacefully occupied Waterloo Bridge as part of Extinction Rebellion’s month of protest against the “criminal inactivity” of the government in the face of today’s climate crisis. Their cause is a popular one – its urgency couldn’t be greater, the science any clearer. Yet in April alone, over a thousand protesters were arrested.
The granddaughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Lucy Wilson is no stranger to radical action herself. And Sue’s short story, The Llanfairfach Rebellion sees her in the thick of the action – on the site, in fact, where Sue was herself arrested.
The repercussions of a criminal record are potentially severe for Sue and her fellow peaceful protesters. A one-time primary school teacher, Sue has been a professional author for over a decade, and much of her time is spent touring schools giving talks to students across the country. Her theme, both in her work and her talks, is the importance of love and respect. As a long term sufferer of alopecia universalis, and an ambassador for Alopecia UK, it is a subject close to her heart.
Head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, Shaun Russell, explains why he thought it was important to give Sue this platform:
“We’ve all seen the news – the predictions for the coming decades if we don’t change our ways. Not everyone will agree with Extinction Rebellion’s way of doing things, but everyone has to agree they’re right about one thing: we’re running out of time. I’ve been working with Sue for years; she’s always been tireless in her pursuit of what’s right – whether it’s her work raising money for Alopecia UK, or her tours of the country’s schools talking to school children. The idea that she might be prevented from carrying out her work in schools because of a criminal record is ridiculous. All she’s doing is campaigning for a sane climate policy – for a future for our children. For what it’s worth, we wanted to show that her publisher was behind her.”
Editorial Coordinator in Candy Jar, Will Rees, says:
“Sue wrote the first Lucy Wilson novel, and she was a big part of making Lucy not just a tireless in her fight against extra-terrestrials, but forthright in her social and political views. Like many, I’ve been inspired by the speeches of Greta Thunberg; the current wave of climate activism is a fight being led by the next generation. Thanks to Sue, Lucy is a very modern young woman, and we have no doubt that the girl from Ogmore-by-Sea would also be fighting for our planet.”
You can read The Llanfairfach Rebellion – completely free – directly from Candy Jar.