Felicity Fair Thompson is a writer and film maker and lives on the Isle of Wight. Her documentary Carisbrooke Castle was broadcast on SKY TV and three of her other fourteen independently made travel films for the retail market, were shown on Australian television. She has taught Creative Writing for Screen South, Connexions, Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight College, and alongside Sir Andrew Motion for the Bi-centenary celebrations for Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as well as guiding young writers with learning difficulties, and teaching independently. Her published writing includes three children’s stories, an EU funded community play, theatre reviews, personality profiles, award winning poetry, scenic travel features, and three novels: Cutting In was one of three top finalists in the People’s Book Prize 2014. The Kid on Slapton Beach has received rave reviews. Hold Tight is her latest novel.
Exit the King, performed at the 2017 Ventnor Isle of Wight Fringe Festival, and in January 2018 at Carisbrooke Castle, was her first stage play.Now she and the writer and historian Tim Wander have combined their writing talents to produce this first of two stage play: Voices Over Passchendaele.
THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – the story starts at Christmas in 1943 when three thousand people are forced to leave the coastal area. Harry, her young hero leaves his home in the village of Torcross at Slapton Sands with his mother and his little sister. Imagine – packing up, leaving everything you know and love behind, and not knowing why.
But Harry has left his most precious possession behind. And he goes back. And it’s just as Exercise Tiger is about to happen….
American President Harry Trueman once said: “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
WW2 Survivors Tales of Covered Up Disaster – Claire Jones
Such an interesting on-line article about British millionaire Kevin Wheatcroft planning to restore one of the German E-boats that attacked the rehearsal for D-Day Convoy off Slapton Sands – well worth reading!
The disaster of D-Day rehearsal Exercise Tiger at Slapton was one of the best-kept secrets of WW2.
THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Published by Wight Diamond Press
‘A jewel!’ says Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders ‘A wonderful book!’ Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’
Imagine leaving home at Christmas with nowhere to go.
Yesterday back in 1943 three thousand people on the Devon coast had to leave their homes, their farms, their businesses, their lives – just pack up and go, and without knowing why. THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
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This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end. I understood and cared about these people, families who reacted to a true historical event. I wanted to know what happened next. A jewel!
Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders
Superb on so many levels… I couldn’t put it down. I can see the landscape, feel its texture, smell it. And I can see twelve year old Harry, and all those villagers and their struggles. It’s powerful. I found myself close to tears when I read it and smiling too. A wonderful book!
Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’
Looking out into the misty bay here on the Isle of Wight, the sea is that wonderful cool grey, with shafts of sunlight breaking through to turn the water a glittering silver. There’ll be mist in Edinburgh too. And probably in Cardiff, and in Belfast. A new day. Our sea. Our coast. Our country. Our future.