Lifelong friends actress Sybil Allen and textile designer Anne Montgomery have joined forces to publish a stunning new children’s book, Mixed Veg.
Join Tom on a quest around a walled garden and encounter a crop of magical characters. From tour guide Murphy the potato, to Boris Beetroot, Sir Arthur Artichoke, peas-in-a-pod twins Celia and Amelia and Belle the Broad Bean. And perhaps along the way learn “The Secret of Life” and to appreciate a little of what’s good for you.
Sybil Allen’s mischievous, appetising story is complemented by Anne Montgomery’s deliciously ingenious illustrations.
Like the best produce, Mixed Veg has taken its time to come into the world. The book has been 40 years in the making, with the initial manuscript and drawings being drafted in the late 1970s.
Sybil Allen is an actress and writer from Antrim, who lives in London. She co-wrote The Guardian Sword (1970), a story of legend and adventure set in the Glens of Antrim, with fellow actress Roma Tomelty, followed by Lissamor’s Child, a gothic ghost story, in 1973.
Anne Montgomery is an artist and illustrator. During a varied career, she ran a knitwear design business, worked as a textile advisor in Papua New Guinea, and was a senior lecturer in Textile Design at the Belfast Art School. She now lives in Eglinton in County Londonderry in her childhood home (with walled garden).