|Met Graduate’s Fantasy Story Released for Halloween|
Children across the UK are building up to Halloween by reading a new children’s fantasy story written by a Swansea Metropolitan graduate.
Rich Pitman, aged thirty-one, graduated from Swansea Met with a degree in recreation management in 2001. The qualified teacher, who currently works as a sergeant for Gloucestershire Police, last year came up with an idea for a children’s fantasy series based around a character called Jimmy Threepwood. The first book of five, entitled ‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness’, follows the perilous story of an eleven-year-old boy taken to a world of magic and evil and trained to one day fulfil his destiny and destroy the world.
The Jimmy Threepwood series has secured Rich a five-book deal with Plymouth-based company Ghost Publishing. The next instalment, ‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light’, is already in development.
Rich, who now lives in Caldicot, said: “It all happened very quickly. I’ve always enjoyed writing as a hobby but my family were surprised when they read the draft copy. In the short term I want children to enjoy and become immersed in the story. I am hoping that my story will inspire people to have a go at writing and stretch their imaginations to their limits.
“In the long term I hope that the five stories have an impact on people’s lives in the way Harry Potter did. I hope these stories continue the good work of J.K. Rowling and introduce reading to the next generation of children.”
‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness’ was released last week and is available in all major bookstores and online.
Published: Monday 29th October 2012
The Day Rich Pitman Came To Visit
On Monday October 15th Rich Pitman visited the class to tell us about his new books.
He is writing five books about a boy called Jimmy Threepwood. Jimmy is destined to become a boy who eventually has the power to destroy the world.
Rich joined us for a cup of tea and a chat about his first book (Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness). He told us about some of the things that happen in the book.
We are very lucky because Rich brought along some advanced copies of his book which he signed for us. The book isn’t actually on sale for another four days!
We have already started to read the book in class and so far we are enjoying it, although it is a little bit scary at first, especially the part where Jimmy has a horrible dream.