18 Mulberry Road

and other stories by

Frank English

Up-to-date news from the author

Sunday 22nd November 2020

As we are now into lockdown until 2nd December, we have decided to re-arrange The Magic Whistle and the Tiny Bag of Wishes's launch provisionally on

Saturday 12th December at The Voyager restaurant in Guisborough

from 2pm until 5 pm.

Monday 2nd November 2020

Disappointingly the original launch date for "The Magic Whistle and the Tiny Bag of Wishes" seems to be in doubt. The next 3 weeks will corroborate or dispute that date. Once again Covid 19 seems to be having the final say. More on that later.

Saturday 17th October 2020

The book called "The Magic Whistle and the Tiny Bag of Wishes" written with nine-year-old Ellah Louise Ramsey will be released 18th November and officially launched on Saturday 28th November at The Voyager, Guisborough from 2pm to 5pm.

Monday 17th August 2020

The offer of books for £5 has now ended.

My thanks to those wonderfully discerning people that bought.

There will be another offer by the coming weekend - Saturday 22nd August. I bet you just can't wait!

Wednesday 5th August 2020

On Sunday last I decided to rationalise some of my stock by offering my children's high quality hardbacked books for

£5 each.

Readers living in the Lancaster/Morecambe area will have their books delivered in person by the author. They will be able to pay by cash or cheque when the book(s) is/are delivered.

Readers outside this area will have their books delivered by Royal Mail. For this there needs to be added £1.50 to go towards first class postage. They will be able to send payment by cheque or bank transfer once they have received their book(s).

If you would like to acquire high quality fantasy adventure stories for children, please email me at

[email protected] 

Wonderful books for next to nowt!

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

I will be book signing for the first time this year on Saturday 1st August at W H Smith Bookshop in Ormskirk from 10am. I will have 3 new children's books with me as well as another 12 children's titles and 6 for adults.

The new ones are

"Holly's Prize"

"Sara's Astonishing Story"

"Garnett's Grand Getaway"

Wednesday 1st July 2020

As I said in my video on facebook earlier today, The Garnett books won't be with me until Friday 3rd July. However, readers will be able to order from this site by noon tomorrow - Thursday 2nd July.

All you have to do is to go on to one of the two slots below this item, and follow the links.

The slots are 


People living in the Morecambe/Heysham/

Lancaster/Carnforth area plus other local areas close by 


People living outside the above local area

Friday 26th June 2020

From Friday 3rd July 2020

Because of the current situation internationally, GARNETT'S GRAND GETAWAY will be launched virtually, via the internet and social media, and not at St Luke's CE Primary School, Skerton.

If you would like to buy a copy or copies, and you live in the Lancaster/Morecambe/Carnforth/Bolton-le-Sands/Caton and other close, associated areas, please go to GARNETT'S GRAND GETAWAY Launch 1 and follow the links.

I will deliver these books ordered personally within 24 hours.

If you live further afield, and I will only be able to send your orders via ROYAL MAIL, please go to GARNETT'S GRAND GETAWAY Launch 2 and I will post your books within 24 hours of receiving your order.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Because of the current situation with Covid 19,Holly's Prize will not be launched at St John the Baptist RC Primary School in Normanton, or anywhere else public.

However, it will be launched on social media, via email and by word of mouth.

If you would like to buy a copy/copies please go to HOLLY'S PRIZE Launch on this menu (just below HOLLY'S PRIZE) and follow the links.

You will notice that £1.50 has been added to each copy towards postage. However, if I am able to deliver personally to the people in the Normanton area, the £1.50 will be donated to the school's fund and to charity.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Another book published and now in print! Called "Holly's Prize", it has been written with 3 talented youngsters from St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in Normanton, Yorkshire.

Two further books are in process of showing themselves to the world.

"Sara's Astonishing Story" has been written with the 12 year old granddaughter of some American friends. She is called Sara Donovan, and the book will be released in a couple of weeks.

"Garnett's Grand Getaway" has been written with a full class of 29 Year 6 youngsters from St Luke's CE Primary School in Lancaster, England.

It will be released in around three weeks.

WOW! How busy is that?

Friday 1st May 2020

Wow! What an amazing couple of weeks this has been! Here's me thinking not many people would respond to my offer of free books, when POW!

116 wonderful people asked if I wouldn't mind sending a book to their locked down child(ren).

Not only did I send a book, but I sent 205, country wide - from Glasgow to London - via Royal Mail, and I hand delivered personally to youngsters in the Lancaster/Morecambe area as well.

Why 205 from 116 requests?

Well, more than 1 child in each family meant, with only 1 book per family, some would have to do without or they would have to share.

Couldn't have that!

So, we had to make sure every child in every family that applied had a book of her/his own dedicated to her/him alone.

It's only fair.


From the huge number of grateful messages I have received, I can only conclude that this event has been an unqualified success.

My website now has more to offer - 



Have a look and see what you think.


Saturday 25th April 2020


As the offer of FREE BOOKS to children has been so successful - almost 200 of my children's titles donated to children nation wide FOR FREE from Friday 17th April - that this offer will close at midnight of Sunday 26th April 2020.

To help schools and parents further at this time of difficulty, ALL MY CHILDREN'S BOOKS WILL BE HALF PRICE for the foreseeable future, from Monday 27th April.

Purchasers will pay £1.95 towards first class postage and packing, allowing them to receive books within 48 hours.

Visit the UK Readers - How to Buy

section to see what's on offer.

Saturday 28th March 2020

The following article was written recently by North East journalist, Clare Madden:

Yorkshire-born author Frank English began his professional life in education as a teacher, but has always been an accomplished writer and story-teller. He describes his books for children - the Magic Parcel Trilogy and the animal-based Mulberry Road series - as inspirational fantasies. He has also written adult material (more of which below).

His writing currently embraces three separate strands.

The first strand is the adult books, including his semi autobiographical 'Jack' series of 6 volumes. This follows the hero, Jack, from his boyhood in the coalfields of Yorkshire's West Riding to the pressures and conflicts of maturity.

The second (also for adults) is a new fictional direction: a historical novel about a family of farmers set in the Victorian North Riding, to be available towards the end of the year.

The third strand is his work for children. One aspect of this - the creative potential of creative writing with children - began as an interesting idea, and now has its own trajectory.

Dr English was intrigued by the breadth of imagination he found during his many voluntary writing workshops in schools throughout the north of England, following his retirement from the classroom after 40 years. Inspired by this, he initiated a collaborative writing project with an 11-year-old "apprentice writer" called Natalie Fothergill, from England's North East, featuring minor but impressive characters from his Mulberry Road series of 5 books. In what was to be the template for following collaborations, ideas about storylines and characterisation were exchanged via email with involvement and support from parents. Through discussion and revision led by Dr English, the narrative was crafted and their book, 'Juniper's Tale', was published later in 2018.

Two further initiatives with young apprentice writers followed: 'Honey' (2019) with Honey Gott from Brookhouse in Lancaster, and 'The Story of Lemuel Pecker' (2019) with Amy Elliott from Normanton, West Yorkshire (Dr English's hometown).

The next collaboration took things to a different level, as Dr English was invited to work with twelve Year 6 writers at a primary school local to where he lives. The youngsters grew both in creativity and confidence, and produced 'Josephine's Journey' (2019).

The school - St Luke's CE Primary School in Skerton,Lancaster - has invited the author back to work with the next Year 6 cohort (2019/20), but this time, to work with a complete class of 30 pupils creating a book together. An exhilarating and exciting challenge, the completed work - called 'Garnett's Grand Getaway' - is to be published and launched before the end of the summer term 2020.

Other collaborations with young apprentice writers include 'Holly's Prize' written with 3 youngsters from Normanton which is to be launched very soon.

Of great interest to the American market, is the work with a young apprentice writer in Santa Rosa, USA. She is a young lady of 12 called Sara Donovan, and the story is entitled 'Sara's Astonishing Story'. This draws on North American folklore and legend, and interweaves characters such as Paul Bunyan, the legendary giant lumberjack, and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard, the Bristol-born pirate who settled eventually in Ocracoke, North Carolina, and is set in the Californian south west with recognisable places and landmarks that will appeal to locals.

"There is joy and connection with the children as they talk through their ideas and writing, refining both as they become more confident," Dr English said.