Liverpool Echo 24th October 2018

Liverpool scientist turned author shares passion for nature with primary children

A Liverpool-based scientist is preparing to share her passion for soil and mud with children following the publication of her latest best-selling picture book.

Author Jennifer Jones, a former lecturer at Liverpool John Moore University, released ‘The Adventures of Markus Moldewarpe’ on Amazon – the world’s largest bookstore – earlier this month and within 24 hours, the publication reached the top 30 best-selling books in its category.

The 69-year-old writer, who seeks inspiration for all her work from the natural world, said she was delighted with the news and is now looking forward to sharing the book, which follows the adventures of a young mole called Markus, with primary school children across Liverpool.

Jennifer, from Hunts Cross, launched her writing career almost 12 months ago after a new found hobby in bird watching motivated her to pen her debut publication ‘Rock on Barney’.

Whilst initially a little apprehensive to be starting a new vocation when many people her age are beginning to wind down and enjoy retirement, Jennifer has embraced her role and creative profession.

She now takes her books into schools and runs workshops to convey important messages about the environment.

She said: “Working with primary children is very different to teaching higher education students but I’m enjoying every minute of my new career. It doesn’t really feel like a job as I’m combining all my interests together – writing and my love of soil and the environment.

“Watching the children’s faces light up when I read my stories to them in class is wonderful. They are so enthusiastic and always have a million and one questions to ask about my writing which is just fantastic.

“I’ve really enjoyed engaging with a younger audience and I hope by continuing to share my stories and my love for the natural world I can influence and support children’s understanding and awareness of the environment within which they live and play.”

Jennifer, who continues to lecture part-time at Chester University, is currently in the process of developing a new project combining literacy and nature, which she hopes to roll out to schools in the New Year.

She said: “Establishing good reading and writing skills among young children is essential and when this can be combined with other fun topics such as learning about the natural world, children come alive. My new project will focus very much on combining literacy and nature and I can’t wait to start delivering this within schools.”

For more information about Jennifer’s latest books, author visits and projects visit the website or email

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