A FORMER solicitor turned clergyman has now become an author after penning his debut children’s book inspired by his grand-daughter’s experiences of being bullied.
Grandfather of five Tony Kidd, who served as the Priest-in-charge of Burton Agnes for around four years before being forced to retire after undergoing a triple heart bypass has published his book ‘Sally’s Angel’.
Rev Kidd launched his book at Burton Agnes Hall last week and today, from 2pm to 4pm he will be signing copies of it at Bethany Book shop, on Promenade, Bridlington.
Mr Kidd said: “I have always enjoyed making up stories ever since my children were young. I never wrote them down though as I was busy with my career as a solicitor and then as an ordained Priest.
“My children are now grown up and so too are many of my grandchildren but since retiring I have had more time to devote to my writing.”
The idea for Sally’s Angel was born when his grand-daughter Zan was forced to leave her school on the south coast because of bullying.
“My wife and I went to look after her, sharing the responsibility with her parents. Grandfather’s can’t go around giving big hugs and cuddles to a teenage girl but what they can do is tell stories. So I made notes and jottings and one of the stories was this one. Not so long ago she asked whatever happened to that story about the angel, she said can’t you finish it off? In the aftermath of recovering from heart surgery I finished it off,” Mr Kidd said.
The finished product tells the story of a girl Sally and her friends who find they are able to see and hear an angel, Michael, who becomes involved in their adventures.
Michael adds a new dimension to their lives and Sally realises how exciting it is to have an angel amongst them.
Mr Kidd has dedicated the book to his five grand-children – Beth, Ben, Zan, Zack and Indie.
It has been published by his own self- publishing company bizz-b-books, named after his grandchildren.
Sally’s Angel, priced £4.50, has been illustrated by Kilham based artist Jane Humphry, while the cover photo of the gardens at Boynton Hall was taken by Mr Kidd’s son-in-law Dave Chamberlin-Kidd by kind permission of Sally and Richard Marriott.
The book is on sale now at the Burton Agnes Hall gift shop or at Bethany Book shop, on Promenade.