Mark Lemon first started writing and publishing children’s books after noticing the lack of diversity in them, and as a father of two dual heritage children himself, wanted something to change. His series of books features his own children, Otis and Thea Lemon, and his debut title Otis Lemon & The Spectacular Submarine was awarded the Platinum Junior Design Award for the Children’s Book of the Year in 2016.
Sadly, Mark’s own father was murdered when he was just 12 years old and he has since drawn on his childhood trauma to write his latest book, The Magical Wood. Published on the 26th anniversary of his father’s death, the book has been praised by families who are coping with grief or anticipating the death someone they love. Mark now works alongside charities including Winston’s Wish and Grief Encounter to raise awareness around grief, and acts as a media spokesperson on the subject.
TV Presenter, Mind Coach and Author
Anna Williamson is a television presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor, Master NLP practitioner and author of the number one bestselling book ‘Breaking Mad’. She has just published her second book, ‘Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety’ which is set to be another huge success and she is also an ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Prince’s Trust.
Anna first found fame with big hitting children’s television shows, however, behind closed doors, she suffered from a battle with generalised anxiety disorder. On speaking out about her experiences, she realised there was a huge stigma attached to mental health issues and was determined to challenge these. In doing so, since 2009 Anna has studied and qualified as a counsellor, life coach and Master NLP. She now runs her own private coaching practice offering those in need one-to-one coaching sessions, alongside sharing her expertise through television appearances on programmes including This Morning, Good Morning Britain (ITV), Inside Out (BBC One), Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5) and celebrity dating show Single AF (MTV).
Anna’s latest book, ‘Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety’ is aimed at parents coping with all that a new baby can bring, focussing on mental health and anxiety and offering practical advice. Written in her clear, comforting, accessible and honest tone, this promises to do so much good in an area of mental health that is often overlooked or brushed under the carpet.