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Sprowston writer hopes to publish children’s story about the power of the sea

PUBLISHED: 18:10 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:10 18 March 2014

Thelma Macfarlane, who has written and illustrated her children's book, The Moving Cliff. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thelma Macfarlane, who has written and illustrated her children's book, The Moving Cliff. Picture: Denise Bradley

copyright: Archant 2014

The power of the sea in shaping the landscape is the subject a children’s tale created by Sprowston great grandmother Thelma Macfarlane.

The Moving Cliff, Mrs Macfarlane’s coastal story of a little girl called Flo who lived by the sea with her grandma, was written more than three decades ago, and over the years Mrs Macfarlane has read it to her children and grandchildren and also visited schools to share the story.

The tale, written in rhyme and with colourful illustrations by Mrs Macfarlane, tells of how Flo and her grandma’s home is claimed by the sea and how they go on to make a new home in an upside down ship.

“It’s the story of our coast and living next to it, and what might happen on the edge,” said 78-year-old Mrs Macfarlane.

“It has been around for over 30 years and been read to my children and grandchildren and to schoolchildren.

“I wanted to write children’s books because when you have got children you see things through children’s eyes.”

She said she had now decided to seek a publisher for her children’s story - which is aimed at six to eight-year-olds - because of how topical it was currently due to the damage caused to the Norfolk coastline by the recent floods.

She has already created her own spiral bound version of the book and said she would love for the book to be in all school libraries.

Mrs Macfarlane has three children, Fiona, Ian and Clare, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and she has long been passionate about writing.

Among her hobbies is making travel books of places she has visited.

She has created 15 travel books so far - including one about New Zealand and another about a closer to home trip from Norwich to Hunstanton and back again.

She is also a member of Norwich Writers’ Circle.

• If you would like to buy Mrs Macfarlane’s book The Moving Cliff, or if you are a teacher that would like to find out more about the book, then you can email Mrs Macfarlane at

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