Robbie Cheadle

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Bee Books

Bee Books

Bees are incredible little creatures and as diverse as mankind if you ask me. The African bee has a reputation of being more dangerous that the British one and the humble bumble bee does seem to bumble along. I’ve come across a number of books dealing with bees and so was surprised I hadn’t started a collection of ‘Bee books’ when I came across the Colour of Bee Larkam’s Murder by Sarah J Harris.

I was really taken with Go Set a Watchman which I reviewed as part of a collection on

Black and white: crossing the colour line

Colour can be eye-catching and nothing more so than black and white next to each other. It reminds me of a South African DJ commenting that Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder was a song about piano-keys -if he hadn’t, perhaps the song would have been banned by the Apartheid government as black and white were not allowed to mix. Others who managed to avoid the radio ban to some extent were South Africa’s white Zulu, Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove.

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And of course, at TSL we have:

Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook (square)

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way. (Square book)

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Where the Bee sucks, a short story by Jane Lockyer Willis in

Tea at the Opalaco and other stories – Jane Lockyer Willis

A collection of twenty short stories. The Visit was commended for the 2011 John Walter Salver competition and Jane was also awarded second prize in 2015 for her story Undelivered. Several of her pieces have been adapted for radio. “An eclectic collection of stories exploring human relations” “Tearooms, picnics, weddings and romantic encounters abound”.

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And there’s  Curse of Magira: A novel of East Africa by David Bee, which looks at the First World War in the south of East Africa, whilst Maya Alexandri’s The Celebration Husband covers the north (with one mention of bees). Other single mentions of bees can be found in Ezra Williams’ Selected Pieces and Guthrie McGruer’s The Cardigan Cuckoos.

first published 8 June 2018, updated 2024

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Reading and Children

Without writers, there wouldn’t be books to read to children – your own or others. Watching their reactions to what they hear and later hearing them retell the story can be wonderful and a real eye-opener. And conversely, would we have authors if children weren’t inspired by the stories they heard growing up?

Robbie Cheadle, one of our children’s authors is a great promoter of reading to children as she explains. She also discusses whether childen should be allowed to read sad and scary books.

Jane Fallon talks of the books which influenced her as a writer. A number she read as a child.

Sue Hampton, another of our authors, has written over 20 children’s books (Y4x4, I am Me and ,I am Me 2 published by TSL). Clearly Sue sees a point in children reading and being read to.

In case you need more convincing, here’s an article on the 5 Joys of raising bookworms by a bookworm.

Looking for something different for children to read? Try something off these lists.

Christmas Stories recommended by Robbie Cheadle – 5 books

Kenyan stories- 9 books

Children’s Book Review for 2017 and more generally

Little Linguist seems to offer books in dual languages aimed at children – a good way to learn a language and about different cultures.

first published 29 March 2017, updated 2024

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TSL author videos #Video #Creative #Insights

Some TSL authors have created videos related to their books. Click on the image to purchase the book(s).

Book titleAuthorVideo link
Francis Beckett

(video features TSL author, Clive Greenwood)
A Youtube taster of my play A Modest Little Man, with @greenwood_clive
as the king, Roger Rose as Clem Attlee, and Lynne O'Sullivan as Violet Attlee.
Mavis Pachtervideo
Ezra WilliamsRadio Interview
Part 1
Part 2
Intros to ...
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Margaret L Moorevideo
Robbie CheadleRobbie's son Greg has captured some videos of Robbie and Michael baking showing you how to make their various creations. Alongside the videos on TSL, Greg and Robbie now have their own channel
Melville Lovatt, Theatre, MonologueMelville LovattThe Wall’ and ‘The Teddy Bear’ from his collection Standing Alone are on YouTube by East Lane Theatre Company
Dave RobsonIntro
Part 2
Ezra WilliamsRiverside Radio ; Radio Dacorum
Poets of the 3rd Agepodcast
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Robbie Cheadle and Michael

About Robbie

Robbie is a qualified chartered accountant and works in corporate finance specialising in advice relating to the listings requirements of various stock exchanges, in particular the JSE Limited, and takeover law. Robbie’s hobbies are writing poetry and children’s stories as well as baking and fondant art.
Here she tells why she became an author

Find Robbie on Facebook. She’s also on Twitter @bakeandwrite and with a new website.
For more about Robbie and her books, see here.
Robbie’s son Greg has captured some videos of Robbie and Michael baking showing you how to make their various creations. Alongside the videos on TSL, Greg and Robbie now have their own channel.

You can see more about Sir Chocolate on youtube too (2022).

In January 2017, Robbie featured on Smorgasbord Meet and Greet,
in February 2017, Mystery Thriller Week.


Silly Willy featured on Lisa Burton Radio on 25 May 2017

Robbie tells Allan Hudson why she published the Sir Chocolate series – 20 January 2018
Inspired by Sir Chocolate
Robbie shares with Esther Chiltern on writing adult books: Through the Nethergate

About Michael

At ten years old, Michael, a student in Johannesburg, came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment.

Books by Robbie

Sir Chocolate Books by Robbie and Michael