Burnley dad writes children’s book

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TALENTED Patrick Goodwin has never been one to let others do the story-telling when it comes to his children.

Each night when they were tucked up in their beds, he would weave a magical tale called “The Legend of Ignidra”, about a group of animals who live together on a make-believe island.

Their adventures became so real that Patrick has turned them into a volume of four novels, complete with his own illustrations, that he would love to see published so other children could be as spellbound as his own.

Patrick, who is 47 and originally from Australia, said: “The story came from my imagination and just grew from there.

“I decided I wanted to write it as a novel, and so far I have completed the first book. I could go on forever with it, I have a real passion for it.”

His children are now grown up – Pixie is 21, Chelsie (18) and Matthew (15).

They were all born in London but the family, including Patrick’s wife, Samantha, moved to Lancashire seven years ago.

Although they loved life in the capital and Patrick enjoyed his job, the move was prompted when he was shot in the chest while at work.

Patrick said: “I spent eight years as a bus driver and loved it, but when I was shot at, it felt like the right time to move somewhere else and make a fresh start.”

The family opted for Lancashire, and Patrick enrolled at Blackburn College where he gained a degree in fine art.

He has drawn on his artistic skills to create the illustrations for his book.

And although he has yet to find a literary agent who will take on the book, Patrick is hopeful that one day his book will be published.

He said: “I don’t want to stop trying. ‘The Legend of Ignidra’ could go on forever.

“There is no end to the tales that could be told.”