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Martyn Harvey on BBC Radio Cornwall

So - how did it go? Martyn Harvey talks about his first LIVE Radio Interview with Emma Gill, BBC Radio Cornwall (13th March 2020)

"I have to say it was pretty nerve-wracking!" says Martyn. "Although I like my peace and quiet, I can be a bit extrovert sometimes... but I'm not used to talking live on-air to an audience numbering in the 1000's!"

"Emma and her producer were so welcoming and professional that they made me feel immediately at ease and - you know what I'm like - after a couple of minutes you couldn't get me to shut up!"

"We covered everything from my Cornish roots, how I came to start writing my funny books for children, what the first book is about and why I was running the Liverpool Half Marathon on 15th March (to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research)"

"A BIG Thank you to Emma and BBC Radio Cornwall for covering my story - let's hope it prompts a few donations to the charity!"

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March 27th 2020 WEAR A HAT DAY

LIKE HATS? LIKE BOOKS? Buy a book to Raise Funds!

Brain Tumour Research's annual WEAR A HAT DAY gives kids, parents, teachers, work colleagues, friends, family - ANYONE - an opportunity to have FUN raising awareness - just by wearing a hat for the day!

Wear it to work, wear it to school, wear it to bed - you decide!

So what's it got to do with Martyn Harvey's NEW book? Well, Martyn just thought it would be a fun thing to do, to team up with Brain Tumour Research and spread the word - about both a great new book (The Boy with the Saucepan Hat), and brain tumour research awareness.

WEAR A HAT, Buy a Book, help raise awareness about brain tumours, and help raise funds for research into one of the UK's major killers of children and adults under 40!

Buy the Book and Donate £1

Get a GREAT BOOK and fund Brain Tumour Research. £1 per copy goes to Research

The Boy with the Saucepan Hat by Martyn Harvey - £1 Donation to Brain Tumour Research

Only £5.99 (VAT exempt)

+ £1.50 postage and packing

Get a Signed Copy & Donate £5

Get a SIGNED Copy and fund even more research! £5 per copy donated to Research

The Boy with the Saucepan Hat by Martyn Harvey - £5 Donation to Brain Tumour Research

Only £9.99 (VAT exempt)

+ £1.50 postage and packing


Meet the Author - 21st Feb 2020

We're really proud to annouce that Martyn's book "The Boy with the Saucepan Hat" is now stocked in Ramsgate's Finest Children's Book and Toy shop, in Addington Street, Ramsgate

Stocking everything from classics such as Julia Donaldson's "Room on the Broom", "Winnie the Pooh" and the latest "Beast of Buckingham Palace" by David Walliams, Moon Lane Children's Books and Toys is now one of the first shops in the UK to stock Martyn Harvey's "The Boy with the Saucepan Hat".

Watch out for more NEWS about the Meet the Author event at Moon Lane Books on 21st February 2020, where Martyn will be reading the New Book - "Mr Wibberley Wobberley's Amazing Flying Bicycle".

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Moon Lane Books and Toys, Ramsgate

Margate Bookshop

Tucked away in the heart of Margate's Old Town, Margate Bookshop is a lovely new hangout for bookie people, with Tea & Coffee served, comfy sofas and plenty of great reading!

We're really pleased Margate Bookshop is now stocking Martyn Harvey's "The Boy with the Saucepan Hat". If you have children aged 5+, why not take a stroll around the heart of Margate's cultural centre - just 100 metres (or so) from the Turner Contemporary gallery?

Drop in, have a drink and let the kids rummage through the excellent collection of kids' classics!

Margate Bookshop

Sat 14th Dec 2019 - Meet The Author - Royal Harbour Brasserie, Ramsgate

Fancy a cosy afternoon with a few stories, mince pies and a glass of sherry?

Bring the kids to the Royal Harbour Brasserie on Saturday 14th December (1-3:00pm) for a reading and presentation by local children's author Martyn Harvey. Martyn will be delivering readings from his new funny book for kids "The Boy with the Saucepan Hat" as well as a visual preview and reading from the NEW Book, "Mr Wibberley Wobberley's Amazing Flying Bicycle".

This second book is a great read and fun for parents and kids to share, featuring local landmarks such as The Viking Ship (Cliffsend), Peter's Fish Factory, The Bandstand (Wellington Crescent), Ramsgate and Broadstairs Harbours and ends up seeing Mr Wibberley flying off over Margate's Turner Gallery!

Come and buy a signed copy on the day!

Should be a great afternoon - Look forward to seeing you there!

Martyn Harvey The Poet (facebook)

Royal Harbour Brasserie (facebook)

Chilton Primary School Loves The New Book!

Book Club members at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate have become literary critics for a new story by local author and illustrator Martyn Harvey.

Pupils were enthralled by his latest tale called The Boy with the Saucepan Hat about Oliver Todd, an accident-prone boy, whose crazy and amazing adventures begin when he wakes up one morning with a saucepan stuck on his head!

Sheila Archer, senior teaching assistant who runs the school's Better Reading Support Partnership and the Chilton Book Club, sent their comments to the author - and they received a surprise reply.

She said: "Martyn Harvey told us that we were being acknowledged in the front of the book for the wonderfully constructive feedback we had provided."

"We would like to thank Martyn for visiting us and we look forward to him joining us again to lead some writing workshops so that more children can enjoy and be inspired by him."

Source: 1st December 2019

Full details here

Preview pages

Want to see inside the book?

Of course, the best thing to do is to buy the book (or ask for it at your local library or school library) but if you want a SNEAK PEEK right here, today, we've put together a few pics showing some of the inside pages.

The Boy with the Saucepan Hat is available to buy now on Amazon and on this web site: We hope you like it!

See Preview here

About the Author

Martyn Harvey has been writing and performing his funny, entertaining poems and stories for many years, having started by writing for his own children.

Having learned the basics of watercolour painting and inking cartoons, at the age of 12, from his great uncle - Uncle Will - Martyn has been illustrating his own poems for his daughters for years so, when it came to publishing these stories, who better to illustrate what he sees in his mind's eye - than himself?

Now, we are pleased to release Martyn's first paperback illustrated book - and there are many more in the pipeline!

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Available here and on Amazon

Martyn's first book , The Boy with the Saucepan Hat, is available to purchase now on Amazon or right here on this web site.

If you have an Amazon account and would prefer to purchase on Amazon, here's the link:

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