Now that Pollyanna has passed the final proofs for A Brush With Wildlife, due for release in November, we are pleased to confirm that the preface for the book has been written by Twiggy Lawson.
As 'the face of '66' supermodel Twiggy defined the look of an entire decade. Now an actress she also has her own line of skin care products. A great animal lover, Twiggy is patron of the halcyon Haven Animal Sanctuary in Cumbria, and supporter of the Wildlife Hospital in Bolton, and other local sanctuaries. Because of this interest, she was fascinated by the story of Pollyanna's animal sanctuary, the story of which is told in the book.
The book ends with a brief biography describing Pollyanna's journey from the earliest struggles to become established, to her current success as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. Coincidentally, while looking through a folder of college work to find some early pieces to illustrate this section, Pollyanna came across this portrait of Twiggy , painted in the late sixties. 'I have no memory of completing this study' she commented 'but I have obviously been inspired to capture the essence Twiggy's beauty in a very simple picture. If someone had told me at the time that she would one day write a preface for one of I my books I would have been amazed!'
Twiggy describes the book as 'Funny, touching and beautiful', writing that 'Anna-Louise takes us on an amazing journey with the story of her and her Mother's extraordinary life with their rescued wildlife.......... hopefully everyone who reads this marvellous book will remember that our wildlife is very precious and that we must be aware of its importance and fragility.'
Meanwhile Pollyanna is very honoured that the foreword for the book has been written by respected naturalist, writer and broadcaster David Bellamy, who is also president of the Hawk and Owl Trust, and the Wildlife Trusts.
'I first met David back in the late eighties when I was patron of an appeal for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust' Pollyanna commented ' and found his enthusiasm and energy an inspiration. He has done so much to promote the conservation of the wildlife he loves'. David describes 'A Brush with Wildlife' as 'A superb book.... which would make a wonderfully rich addition to any art of nature-lover's library. Anna-Louise's text sparkles with just the right touch of humour and her wonderful photographs add warmth and realism.
Forewords for Pollyanna's previous books have been written by film legends and animal lovers Brigitte Bardot, Virginia McKenna, WWF conservation officer Stuart Chapman, and comedian Billy Connelly.