Former student Trish's Caribbean Tales

Children's author Trish Cooke

A Bradford College alumna is set to release a new children’s book.

Writer and actress Trish Cooke, who studied for a BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree at the college in Ilkley the early 1980s, will launch her latest offering, Tales of the Caribbean, at Bradford Library on Saturday August 5.

The book, which is aimed at children aged 8 to 12 years, is inspired by stories and folk tales from the Caribbean told her by her parents who are both from Dominica.

Trish's previous books include Hoorah for Mary Seacole; Mr Pam Pam and the Hullabazoo; Full, Full, Full Of Love; Catch; Zoom and So Much, which won numerous award including the 0-5 category of the prestigious Smarties Book Prize, as well as the Kurt Maschler award.

The award-winning author is also a successful actress, presenter and script writer for TV, theatre and radio.

Trish, who grew up in Buttershaw, has written for soaps Eastenders, Doctors and Emmerdale and she was a presenter on BBC children’s programme Playdays. Her radio credits include a mini series called Unspoken and a comedy Single Plus One. For the stage, credits include Back Street Mammy and Running Dream, Cinderella, which was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.

She has been writer in residence at Liverpool Playhouse, BBC North and at Second Wave Youth Theatre at The Albany Empire.

* Tales From the Caribbean, published by Penguin, priced £6.99, will be launched at City Library, Centenary Square, Bradford, on Saturday, August 5 from 2pm - 4pm. Trish will be reading from the book and will also be signing copies.