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Success for artistic story of friendship from Inverness writer and publisher

By Louise Glen

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Susan Cohen, writer and publisher, who comes from Inverness, and the famous Scottish Borders artist, Heather MacLennan.
Susan Cohen, writer and publisher, who comes from Inverness, and the famous Scottish Borders artist, Heather MacLennan.

An Inverness author is delighted with the success of her book on mindfulness, created to appeal to children of all ages.

Bea and Brodie’s Mindful Journey by Susan Cohen has almost sold out since it was published in December last year.

The story of Highland cow Brodie, and a light-hearted honey bee called – appropriately enough – Bea, it was published by family business The Wee Book Company.

It is written in a wistful rhyming style inspired by and featuring the art of Borders-based artist Heather McLennan who is most influenced by her love of animals and nature.

In the engaging tale Bea takes Brodie on a journey around Scotland to raise his spirits as he tells her feels “heavy” and uncharacteristically out of sorts.

Focusing on the history and majesty of the country as way to try and give him a boost Ms Cohen said: “This is a book which should have broad appeal for children of all ages – from five to 105.

“After all, we could all do with a bit of calming mindfulness in our lives, especially in these troubled times.

“Bea and Brodie’s Mindful Journey was published at the beginning of December 2020 and has all but sold out already.

“It was produced as a collaboration between myself, a writer and publisher from Inverness, and the famous Scottish Borders artist Heather MacLennan.

“It’s a writer’s dream to work with an artist.

“I had stunning pieces of original art to work with.

“Unusually, the book brings together a collection of original acrylic paintings in an uplifting, therapeutic story for our times.”

And advocate of the Scots language she added: “The book, although published in a children’s format, is selling across all age groups.

“It’s a therapeutic book. It’s a gentle introduction to mindfulness.”

“It is already considered to be the first in an exciting new series featuring Heather McLennan’s artistic creations, Bea – a light-hearted wee honey bee – and Brodie, a big, braw handsome Highland cow. It is very exciting.”

The book is available at www.theweebookcompany.com

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