Author and business woman Josie Dom got in touch to tell us about her latest work. Like many in this pandemic it’s about supporting families while running successful businesses. Here Josie shares how a story for her daughter has turned into a passion to support the UK’s Zoos with lots of Sports celebrities getting in on the act too…
When I began writing a new poem, it was intended just as an amusement for myself and my daughter. That is the way a lot of my stories begin. After all, as a writer, stories do have to be entertaining and if they don’t entertain me as I write, I probably won’t finish them. Once I had hit on the idea of animals competing in the Olympics, it would not be fair to exclude any of the sports. And of course, I had animals clamouring in my head to be a part of the fun! So, they all became part of the poem and are very happy about it.
Usually when I finish writing a story or a poem, I put it aside for a while until I’m in a position to make it into a book with illustrations – it’s always the illustrations which slow me down! However, this poem came with its own time constraints and deserved to see the light of day sooner than my usual process would allow. As it was all about the missing Olympics, I wanted to get it out into the world at the time when we would normally be watching the Games.
I keep an ear open whilst I work, listening to the radio, and of course heard about the plight of zoos who were struggling to meet their operating costs due to lockdown. It was then that I realised my poem could get out into the world and do some good at the same time.
Various methods of doing this played in my mind for a few days (animation – expensive, me reading to camera – boring) and then I hit on the idea of having the poem read by sports people – experts in their sport for each individual sport’s verse.
Asking famous sports stars was daunting – would they think I’m crazy? But in the end, I realised that it doesn’t matter if they think that. What matters is that I can do something good here and being shy wasn’t going to get anything done. I swallowed my pride and asked anyway.
Luckily, I already knew Wendy Smith (Paralympian basketball player) who had in fact helped me by serving tea and cakes at the launch event for my Imagination & Creation Workshops. And Wendy was the first athlete to record a video for me. Following which she introduced me to her athlete friends, many of whom have also recorded videos (or promised to record one). I started to believe that I could do this!
I have had a short animation produced because I wanted something to show interested athletes and encourage donations. A fundraiser campaign is now in place on GoFundMe and all donations will be gratefully received.
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