Alfresco Books was founded in 1991 by Jen Darling, initially to publish her own walking books. Since then, she has also produced and distributed books by other authors on a variety of topics – wildlife and organic gardening, travel and adventure, and others for cat lovers and children.
I met my good friend Jen Darling through my work with the disabled writing group Disabled Not Daft when she took over the production of their magazine, which I edited. She then became interested in my own writing and her company Alfresco Books became my publisher.
I enjoyed Marilyn Edward’s Moon Cottage cat books so much that I made contact with her and she has become a good and supportive friend, introducing me in turn to the artist France Bauduin, who has illustrated two of Marilyn’s books:
White Chin and Magnificat.
Enjoy the sculptures, drawings, book illustrations, cartoons, mixed media and poems by Ronald Rae, master carver and one of the most prolific and versatile artists in the UK.
I first encountered Ronald Rae’s magnificent sculptures in Regent’s Park where he had a large exhibition, and where I fell in love with Bear. Some years later Bear found its way into our garden and Ronald and Pauline became our friends.