Peter John Woods is a retired head teacher now living in Norfolk. In the late 1980s children from Peter’s school – Brixworth V C Primary School – worked with the author Theresa Whistler over a period of 12 months and collectively produced a full-length children’s story entitled Rushavenn Time. This was the winner of the 1988 Smarties Prize for children’s books in the 9–11 years category. Peter has written a collection of poetry and prose entitled Fallen Leaves and an account of the writer Leo Walmsley’s autobiographical style of writing (The Honey-Gatherers). As an archaeologist, he has directed several major excavations publishing widely in national journals.
This gentle fantasy about Olivia’s visits to her ‘New World’ of Avalon, accessed through her grandfather’s picture of a robin which hangs on her bedroom wall, is a children’s story. Yet, it is much more than what is normally implied by that description.The robin comes to life and calls her...