Former Creative Writing student wows children with first book

A former Solihull College & University Centre creative writing student has published her first children’s book.

The Space Race is the first offering from newly published author Liz Butler, who is also a member of staff at the College. Available from Matador, Amazon and Waterstones, the book tells the extra-terrestrial story of Cat and Dog as they compete in a race to the moon in the ultimate challenge to prove once and for all who is the best.

The mum of two had always wanted to write a book after reading to her own little ones. “Ultimately it’s about working together to achieve your goals” Liz comments. “I hope it promotes teamwork, sibling relationship themes and positivity.”

Liz wrote a number of short stories and sent them off to publishers and agents before deciding she wanted to self-publish with Matador. The book is beautifully illustrated by art teacher Kate Gallagher.

“My creative writing course at the College taught me a number of things. It generated so many different ideas. We could take our own work in to be critiqued. It was a really great range of people and now I have my own book out in the world!”

Liz will be visiting local schools to read the book to children. Her own two children, aged 7 and 11, have been her biggest supporters and the book is already receiving rave reviews.

Reader Shelley Wilson stated “Butler has taken the battle between cats and dogs – evident in all the cartoons I used to watch as a kid – and turned it into a delightful tale of unlikely friendships and unity. The big and bold illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the story. A delightful children’s book worthy of any home.”

To find out more about the book visit Troubador or Liz’s Facebook Page.

You can also find out more about the College’s community courses, including Creative Writing.