Bramble takes the lead in new children’s book

Laura Graham with Bramble the Bedlington terrier.
Laura Graham with Bramble the Bedlington terrier.

Bramble the Bedlington terrier, who lives in Dunbar and is a regular visitor to Belhaven Bay, has taken the lead in a new children’s book to raise money for charity.

The book is set in a coastal woodland on the Scottish seaside, inspired by the beautiful East Lothian landscape.

‘Bramble and the Hare’ is an illustrated short story with a moral message; we all have strengths, we just need to discover what they are. Bramble learns, through her encounters with a frog, a wood mouse, a squirrel and a hare that she is braver than she first imagined.

The story is written by Laura Graham and illustrated by artist Jane Rutherford, who are both teachers at Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar. They “accosted” David Peek, who teaches science at the school, to edit the work into a book and it has now been published professionally by Creative Link in North Berwick.

Laura explained: “Belhaven Hill School hosted its first Dog Show and raised over £800 for three charities close to the children’s hearts: the Haemophilia Society, Horseback UK and the Langalanga Scholarship Fund. Despite the terrible weather, which meant that the Show had to be run inside, it was a huge success, with hundreds of dogs and parents having a lovely time.

“Jane and I decided we would like to contribute something to the fundraising and joined forces. It has taken a considerable amount of work but we are delighted with the book.”

‘Bramble and the Hare’ will be available to buy at Tippecanoe Gallery and The Store (Dunbar), Fingers and Thumbs (North Berwick), and Tyninghame Coffee Shop.