Au­thor Spot­light

We speak to Sin­ga­pore- based, Ir­ish ex­pat EVE­LYN BOOKLESS about her re­cently re­leased chil­dren’s book Cap­tain Green and the Plas­tic Scene – the story of a su­per­hero on a mis­sion to save an­i­mals from plas­tic pol­lu­tion.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

Eve­lyn’s love of pic­ture books be­gan as a child and only grew once she be­came a par­ent and pri­mary school teacher. While teach­ing in Hong Kong six years ago, Eve­lyn be­gan writ­ing chil­dren’s sto­ries and has been able to share her work reg­u­larly with other writ­ers since mov­ing to Sin­ga­pore and join­ing the So­ci­ety of Chil­dren’s Book Writ­ers here.

What in­spired you to write Cap­tain Green and the Plas­tic Scene?

I was in­spired to write it while on hol­i­day in Bin­tan, In­done­sia. I was sad­dened by the amount of plas­tic waste that had washed up on the beach near our ho­tel. I de­cided to write a story about this to try to en­gage chil­dren in the fight against ocean pol­lu­tion, and I thought a su­per­hero was just what was needed to try to fix things.

Did your five-year-old son help with the book in any way?

My son in­spires me with story ideas all the time. Danny Deep­town, who il­lus­trated the book, loosely based Cap­tain Green on my son, which I loved, of course. He added his own baby boy in, too.

What do you hope kids take away from this story?

That if we all make some small changes in our daily lives, we can make a big dif­fer­ence to ocean pol­lu­tion. It’s not too late.

I have had a lot of lovely feed­back from par­ents and chil­dren telling me how they’ve been in­spired to make a dif­fer­ence after read­ing Cap­tain Green. This has meant the world to me.

What are some ways you prac­tice be­ing “green” on a daily ba­sis?

Over the years, I’ve in­cor­po­rated lots of small changes for en­vi­ron­men­tal and health rea­sons. I think it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple not to get over­whelmed and then end up do­ing noth­ing. Chang­ing things bit by bit is a great way to start. We use me­tal straws, bam­boo tooth­brushes, beeswax food wraps, glass stor­age con­tain­ers, “to go” bot­tles and cups, and nat­u­ral toi­letries and clean­ing prod­ucts. We re­cy­cle as much as we can, and I am mind­ful of buy­ing prod­ucts with less or no pack­ag­ing. I’m mov­ing away from buy­ing syn­thetic fab­rics, as mi­crofi­bres pol­lute the wa­ter. Ed­u­ca­tion is key, re­ally. I have dis­cov­ered how much chil­dren re­ally care about this topic, and many par­ents tell me the changes their chil­dren have been sug­gest­ing. Let’s hope they get to in­herit a cleaner Earth in the fu­ture.

What’s next for you?

I have been asked for more Cap­tain Green sto­ries and I’m work­ing on the next one. Luck­ily, my pub­lish­ers are keen to hear more from him, too.

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