Children’s author Amy Sparkes to visit Waterstones in Eastbourne

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Children’s author Amy Sparkes will appear in Eastbourne’s Waterstones store on May 27.

Amy will be promoting her new book, The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas, at the town centre bookshop between 10.30pm and noon.

Amy lives in Devon with her husband, children and pet cat. When she’s not off having adventures with her own children she writes stories and hosts writing activities in schools.

Illustrator Nick East has worked as a museum designer for many years but his love of children’s books has always been a huge part of his life.

He loves using his drawings to communicate his ideas and lives near York with his wife and children.

With every copy of The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas sold a donation is made to the ICP Support charity, a cause close to Amy’s heart.

ICP (also known as obstetric cholestasis) is a pregnancy-specific liver disease that occurs in around 5,500 women each year in the UK. It typically develops in the third trimester of pregnancy and its main symptom is itching. This itching can be mild or so severe that women scratch themselves until their skin bleeds.

The risk of stillbirth is three times higher for women suffering from severe ICP than those with an uncomplicated pregnancy, a recent study shows.