A CULLINGWORTH mum has written her debut children's book.

Retired art teacher Kathryn M Holgate penned The Cauldron Cup whilst shielding her son, a renal transplant patient.

She also produced the illustrations for the work, published by Beaten Track Publishing.

"The book ­– which is now available through Amazon – is suitable for children aged five upwards," says Kathryn.

"The story is about a witch called Dottie Doolittle, who is invited to watch the final of the Cauldron Cup in the presence of the scary witch queen.

"It was a lot of fun to write and my ginger cat Garfield is a character in the book, providing the inspiration for Dottie’s cat Amber!"

Kathryn – who lives with her husband, son and Garfield – started writing short stories, many of them featuring cats, when her daughters went to university.

She is a member of a writing group set-up by Dionne Hood, of Bradford Libraries.

"We used to meet on alternate Wednesdays at Shipley Library before the pandemic," said Kathryn.

"Now we have our meetings via Zoom."

Beaten Track Publishing is an award-winning independent publisher based at Burscough, Lancashire. For further information about its full range of titles, go to beatentrackpublishing.com.