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Author Oliver Sykes goes fishing

Oliver Sykes - gone fishing for rainbows
Oliver Sykes - gone fishing for rainbows

Award-winning children's writer Oliver Sykes brings a show inspired by his own family's fishing escapades to six north-west venues this February half-term.

Oliver was one of six children brought up on the breadline by his single-parent dad and fishing became an important part of his childhood. Now the author and performer is touring a show based on his second children's book, Fishing for Rainbows, which has just been long-listed for the 2024 Children’s Literature Festivals Book Awards.

Suitable for audiences aged five and over, the show tells the story of strong-minded siblings Kezia, Duke and Danior. Since their mum passed away, the boys go out fishing with dad while 12-year old Kezia stays at home to tidy and cook. But Kezia has a plan to turn from modern-day Cinderella into a super-cool fisher-girl...

Oliver, who grew up in the Peak District and now lives in North Wales, said: "Fishing for Rainbows is inspired by my childhood, when I would often go out fishing with my dad and brothers. The character of Kezia was created for my little sister Amber, who says she always felt sad not to be invited along."

The show tours to Urmston Library (February 13); The Studio, Widnes (February 15); Eccleston Library, St Helens (February 16); The Met, Bury (February 17); Salford Arts Theatre (February 22) and Oldham Library (February 23).

More info and tickets here


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