The Penlea Print Works is a collective of writers and story-tellers, poets and dreamers who are dedicated to sharing tales of life to enrich those of others. Penlea people are most often found with their heads in the clouds in pleasing and inspiring places.
As a small child, growing up on the busy streets of North London, a young V L Heathcote was fascinated by all the characters that filled her life and was soon inspired by her first Pelham Puppets to weave those characters into tales to delight friends and family from the make-shift puppet theatre in her street.
Writing dialogue for her beloved marionettes brought them to life and the magic of this stayed with Heathcote as she grew; she developed a talent for script writing and now has a portfolio of pieces penned for stage and performed around the UK, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005.
Aware that she retains her wonder from childhood, Heathcote first ventured into the world of books with a short story entitled 'Bert Pig', a self-illustrated work for the younger reader full of delightful humour and a simple message about being a friend of the Earth.
Still bursting with tales trying to get out, VL went on to complete an epic children's adventure: 'Indigo Farm', a story of misfits, their secret strengths and their fight to victory against an oppresive establishment.
The joy of completing the last page has driven Heathcote on to tell the tale of the Harlequin Triangle, an homage to those early days of urban life, in stark contrast to the Scottish idyll where she now resides. The trilogy delivers an expose of human life, portraying the well-painted frontage people present while dreams and dramas unravel behind the brightly coloured doors and windows that the neighbours get to see.
The pen-name V L Heathcote masks a woman of many talents and an adventurous history. A talented illustrator with an array of cards, posters and pictures to her name, Heathcote is also a fantastic cook and dedicated gardener. Members of Penlea Print Works can visit our locked pages to meet the people behind the pen; join up to find out more.
A. A. Noone
V. L. Heathcote
See You Later ?
An as-yet unknown quantity for the Print Works, being new to the Collective and so far unpublished. Always willing to support those aspiring, Penlea will host Noone's first novel 'all in good time' apparently. Those impatient to find out more on this mystery can at least read a poetic work from Noone through the locked pictures in the Gallery above - access this + other members-only pages by signing up for free membership to the Penlea mailing list; other back-works for members promised soon.
Little is known about 'AA', so we are not able to shed much light on this character. But once, when asked what came first, the chicken or the egg - Noone looked confused briefly and then, resigned, answered "the Lizard. "
Back in the days before TV had remote controls and Scotland was known for the Bay City Rollers, Kerrie left Australia on a working holiday and fell in love with many things Scottish, along with Belly Dancing. After years of teaching Belly Dancing, she decided to write down some of her experiences in her first novel: 'Sheryl’s Last Stand'.
Kerrie writes for fun, she likes to throw her characters in at the deep end and see what comes up, hopefully a surprise for everyone. She sees spice in the ordinary, compassion in the indifferent and farcical in the routine. Kerrie wants to create believable, earthy fantasies filled with hope, fun and a quirky, twist of spice and she wants to make people laugh out loud.
In her spare time, Kerrie likes to paint pictures of round women, dance under the influence of a glass of bubbles and tell stories to whoever will listen.
Kerrie Noor lives in a small town on the West Coast Scotland and finds the local folk more than inspiring for the stories she continues to work on.