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I am Oliver the Otter: A Tale from our Wild and Wonderful Riverbanks

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With gentle rhyme and beautifully rich illustrations, the writer’s love for otters shines through. This book is as much a call to young wildlife lovers to protect otters’ habitats, as it is a story about just one (very cute) otter. The underlying theme of conservation does not detract from what is ultimately a gentle and charming story about these beautiful creatures. Pam appears regularly on TV, most recently on BBC’s Springwatch, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Mastermind, and a programme about her time in the WRAF in the recent BBC Women at War series. On radio Pam appears regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute, and 2018 will see her recording the sixth series of her own Ayres on the Air for Radio 4.

I’d like to be young and lustrous. I’d rather not look like such a craggy old bird. But there’s not much you can do about getting older. Oliver the otter is happy enough living alone, swimming or scampering along the twisty-rooted waterways. Until one day, among the green rushes, he meets an otter called Ottilie – and his life changes forever. About the Author:Pam Ayres was born in Oxfordshire, and has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over forty years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and You Made Me Late Again! Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world including the UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was the UK’s bestselling female autobiography of 2011. Oliver is an otter who lives along a mossy riverbank. Whether he’s using his special webbed feet to swim underwater, scuttling along the bank or meeting other animals, he mostly gets by alone. But one day, Oliver meets another otter called Ottilie and his future looks much less solitary… I’ve been married to my husband for 40 years. The secret to a happy marriage? A good sense of humour.

Pam performs her solo stage show throughout the UK, and has toured Australia and New Zealand regularly since 1978. She is one of a select few female comedians to have played the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. She has appeared at many Literary and Arts Festivals throughout the UK including Hay, Cheltenham, Edinburgh Fringe, and overseas in Hong Kong and Dubai.

I am the youngest of six children. My childhood was crowded and noisy and loving. My siblings and I were a gang, which I loved – everywhere I looked I could see a brother or sister. If I’m proud of anything I’ve done in my life, it is that I have overcome terrible fear to perform things I’ve written in front of big audiences. Because I won a TV talent show in the 70s, I went from performing my poems and songs to small, friendly audiences in pubs to braving paying audiences of thousands in huge theatres. It was a terrifying transition. My advice for any poet is that you’ve got to be brave and perform your work. The more you do it, the more you can do it. A heart-warming, rhyming story about a little otter called Oliver, written by bestselling poet Pam Ayres, author of The Last Hedgehog. From 1st July 2021, VAT will be applicable to those EU countries where VAT is applied to books - this additional charge will be collected by Fed Ex (or the Royal Mail) at the time of delivery. Shipments to the USA & Canada: Pam was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to literature and entertainment, and lives in the Cotswolds.

My mother went into domestic service at 14 and hated it. It was the only option open to her. She had been offered a scholarship to a good school. But her own mother was widowed, with five children, and couldn’t afford to equip my mum to go. It was sad for her. She was capable of a lot more, in my opinion. If you're coming to Coles by car, why not take advantage of the 2 hours free parking at Sainsbury's Pioneer Square - just follow the signs for Pioneer Square as you drive into Bicester and park in the multi-storey car park above the supermarket. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. You don't need to shop in Sainsbury's to get the free parking! Where to Find Us The thing I’m most scared of is losing my capabilities. I have one arthritic finger but I can write, draw, paint, play the piano, read music, sew, knit and garden. I’m afraid of succumbing to the diseases of old age, losing the ability to do those lovely things. I inherited a love of English and writing from my mother. I loved writing from the time I could do it. Mum encouraged me and I got lots of praise. My writing usually finished up on the wall of the classroom, which made me want to do it even more. This heartfelt picture book is an ode to all things otter, written by nationally renowned poet and wildlife advocate, Pam Ayres.

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