Guest Blog Post – Dartmouth Visitor Centre
Inspiring Dartmouth author Catherine Bond has spent two days at the town’s visitor centre signing copies of her books that reflect the town’s nautical history and stir the imagination of readers.
Moonmirror is the first of an exciting adventure series set in Dartmouth, part historical fact and part fiction in which three children resurrect the ghost of an old sea captain and make friends with a one-legged seagull and a robin.
They also invent a light powered by the moon and during a lunar eclipse find themselves back in the English Civil War in 1646.
This book has appealed to older children and adults alike and is beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings.
Moonmirror is the first of the Moon series trilogy featuring Eddie, Ellie and Patrick.
‘What did young people do in the 1980s before mobile phones, computers and daytime television,” asks Catherine?
Read and find out.
Moonglimmer has since followed. The arrival of the Moonglimer from the dark side of the moon involves our three heroes in a dangerous international adventure.
Moonlighter will follow at a later date.
Catherine Bond was born and brought up in North Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Educated at Belfast Royal Academy, she went on to graduate as a physiotherapist, training at the Royal Victoria Hospital. During this time, she met David who was in the Royal Navy, moved to England and married. They moved to Dartmouth in 1978 with their two small children where David was attached to Britannia Royal Naval College.
It was while running a bed and breakfast business from their cottage that the urge to write took over.
Catherine and David still live in the same cottage 39 years later, have three grandchildren and enjoy antiques, gardening, food and travelling in their camper van when time allows.
Catherine’s books are available from the Dartmouth Visitor Centre.
Manager Karen Perrow said it was a pleasure to have Catherine for two days at the centre signing copies and chatting to visitors.
“It brought the stories alive and made them more exciting,” she said. “Lots of customers were thrilled to talk to her and wanted to know more about the trilogy and how it came about.”