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Illustrator hopes to realise children's book dream

PUBLISHED: 14:35 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:51 02 September 2019

Diss illustrator and designer Kayleigh O’Mara hopes to publish Owl’s New Home. Picture: Kayleigh O’Mara

Diss illustrator and designer Kayleigh O'Mara hopes to publish Owl's New Home. Picture: Kayleigh O'Mara

Kayleigh O’Mara

Becoming a new mum has inspired an illustrator and designer to raise funds towards realising her dream of publishing her own children's book.

Kayleigh O'Mara, who lives in Diss, has turned to online Kickstarter crowdfunding in the hopes of seeing her book Owl's New Home released as a paperback.

The 31-year-old originally wrote the story, about an owl who lives in a tree but who flaps her way to the big city in search of somewhere more interesting to live, a decade ago as a university student when it was 'Highly Commended' in the Macmillan Prize 2009.

Diss illustrator and designer Kayleigh O’Mara with her daughter Edie. Picture: Kayleigh O’MaraDiss illustrator and designer Kayleigh O’Mara with her daughter Edie. Picture: Kayleigh O’Mara

She decided to finally turn it into a real published book after becoming a new mum last year to her one-year-old daughter Edie.

Kayleigh, who hopes to raise £1,500 to fund an initial run of paperback copies, said: "From the first time I read it to my daughter, she was hooked and I can't help but think lots of others kids will love it too.

"It's a lifelong ambition of mine to be a successful children's author, so if my Kickstarter's successful it will be a dream come true."

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